April 2007


Harvard has released yet another new study showing the effects of THC on cancer.

The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.

They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy.

THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

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Previous posts on cannabis and cancer:
Large Study Finds No Link between Marijuana and Lung Cancer
Cannabidiol Dramatically Inhibits Breast Cancer Cell Growth

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“Once you believe that there is a final answer to human ills. If there is just a final answer then no sacrifice is too great for it. Even if you have to kill people for it. This is the one end, permanent, bliss, happiness, for mankind. Surely, worth it.

If you believe there is a single answer to the single question- The true answer, all other answers then being false- all these answers can be put together and harmonize with each other to create the perfect universe, then there is temptation if you think you have it, to do awful things.”

Isaiah Berlin

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, has passed away. So it goes. Vonnegut wrote 14 novels.

My first Vonnegut book was Mother Night which I received from a teacher in high school. The predicament of the main character hit close to home, being required to act as a patriot for two countries while not really caring for either.

Kurt Vonnegut:

In 1944 he was shipped to Europe with the 106th Infantry Division and shortly saw combat in the Battle of the Bulge. With his unit nearly destroyed, he wandered behind enemy lines for several days until he was captured and sent to a prisoner of war camp near Dresden, the architectural jewel of Germany.
Assigned by his captors to make vitamin supplements, he was working with other prisoners in an underground meat locker when British and American war planes started carpet bombing the city, creating a firestorm above him. The work detail saved his life.
Afterward, he and his fellow prisoners were assigned to remove the dead.

Vonnegut was a humanist; he served as Honorary President of the American Humanist Association, having replaced Isaac Asimov in what Vonnegut called “that totally functionless capacity”.

With his columns for In These Times, he began a blistering attack on the administration of President George W. Bush and the Iraq war. “By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East?” he wrote. “Their morale, like so many bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas in December.”

 

Believe it or not, we are at it again. This time number 6.

For part 5 click here.

For part 4 click here.

For part 3 click here.

For part 2 click here.

For the very first page and the initial article click here.

And as always, enjoy and have fun.

Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

The leading fringe newsmagazine also known as TIME has printed a short piece about the future use of psychedelic-assisted therapy. Apparently this sensationalist and completely discreditable magazine believes it’s possible that we’ll see such therapy available in the next decade. Hogwash!

Taking A Trip For Your Mental Health
Printed on 19 March, 2007

Back in the 1950’s, Establishment Institutions like Harvard and the U.S. military distributed hallucinogens to study their potential. We’re not quite so naive today, but there is hard science being conducted that might — if the results prove valid — lead to the legal therapeutic use of psychedelics in the next decade.
MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), better known as ecstasy, is being tested in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder and anxiety. Last Year two peer-reviewed journals ran articles demonstrating beneficial effects of psilocybin (“mushrooms”) in obsessive compulsive patients and ketamine (“Special K”) in people with major depression. Timothy Leary would have been proud.

Written By: John Cloud
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Krysta Now

Krysta Now, I have yet to read a more prolific and exquisite piece than this. Spiritual Synergy. Haikus from the summer collection also available on her website Krysta Now.

Teen Horniness Is Not A Crime

Teen horniness is not a crime
Keep an open heart and an open mind
Cause these statistics do not lie
Just ask those nerds who shot up Columbine

They weren’t gettin’ laid
No
They weren’t getting’ laid
So

Teen horniness is a state of mind
Not a sin but a natural urge
You gotta purge
Gotta splurge
While you still can

Birth control
Condoms
The morning after pill

It’s your stupid legislation
In an overcrowded nation
Now you acting crazy
Cause a zygote ain’t no baby

Copyright 2008
Krysta NRG Productions, LLC

 

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