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This gets to a larger point.

Over the past few years, research has revealed that marijuana can both destroy certain cancer cells and reduce the growth of others. Now, a new study in mice has found that when combined with radiation treatment, cannabis can effectively shrink one of the most aggressive types of brain tumors.

In a paper published Friday in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapies, a team of researchers from St. George's University of London outlined the "dramatic reductions" they observed in high-grade glioma masses, a deadly form of brain cancer, when treated with a combination of radiation and two different marijuana compounds, also known as cannabinoids. In many cases, those tumors shrunk to as low as one-tenth the sizes of those in the control group.

"We've shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults," Dr. Wai Liu, one of the study's lead authors, wrote in an op-ed earlier this week. "The results are promising...it could provide a way of breaking through glioma and saving more lives."

In an email to The Huffington Post, Liu pointed out that while research surrounding marijuana's cancer-fighting properties is nothing new, his team is the first to document its effect on the disease when used alongside radiation. "The results showed that the final effect was superior to the sum of the parts," he said. "Hopefully, these results will support calls for formal trials in humans to test these combinations."

Liu and his colleagues examined mice that had been infected with glioma and subsequently treated with radiation alone or in combination with varying levels of two cannabis compounds: THC, the psychoactive compound associated with the "high" sensation, and CBD, which doesn't produce psychoactive side effects.

They found that the tumors were best treated by low doses of both THC and CBD that, when used in concert, made the tumors more receptive to radiation treatment. "Our data suggests a 'triple threat' approach using all three may be of value," Liu told HuffPost.

The researchers also found that together, the low doses of THC and CBD produced a similar effect to a large dose of either compound, which is noteworthy because it indicates that patients may ultimately experience fewer side effects.

THC and CBD are just two of the dozens of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. While research surrounding the therapeutic effects of these compounds has been limited, a team of scientists from the U.K. last year found that a combination of six different purified cannabinoids can kill the cancerous cells found in individuals with leukemia.

Meanwhile, when used alone as a form of treatment, THC has been shown to reduce the size of other cancerous tumors and stop the spread of HIV, and CBD strains of marijuana have had a profound effect on children and adults who suffer from debilitating seizure disorders.

Despite these findings, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States, meaning the federal government believes it has no medicinal value. The federally-funded National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grows a limited supply of marijuana in Mississippi, which is used for federally-approved research. While critics have long accused NIDA of only funding experiments that examine the substance's negative effects, the agency has conducted a handful of studies that look at its potential benefits.

Although 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, many experts argue that the lack of federally regulated studies of cannabis limits doctors' and scientists' understanding the full medical benefits of the plant, resulting instead in a trial-and-error attitude towards treatment.

"You can find publications from the '70s and '80s that show pure cannabidiol is an anti-convulsant," Catherine Jacobson, the director of research at the Epilepsy Foundation, told HuffPost last month. "And here we are 40 years later and we still don't have any new information about this."

Marijuana Drastically Shrinks Aggressive Form Of Brain Cancer, New Study Finds
It's really time to stop limiting experimental treatment tests like this to mice. Sure, that is a good first step because mice breed fast and make for a quick study, but lets step it up and start including apes such as chimpanzees and gorillas in studies like this. Their physical traits and DNA are much more aligned with humans than mice. Logical progression of testing would be mice, then pigs, then great apes, then humans.

Because cannabis is ridiculously classified as a schedule 1 drug by the U.S. federal government, viable studies have been hindered for years in this country. Studies that could show it to be worthless as a medical treatment for humans or studies that could show it to be a boon for medical treatment. My money is on the latter, but probably not as much as the recreational pot heads want to claim. I'm not opposed to recreational cannabis usage, I just wish they would stop trying to use its potential medical use as a justification for recreational use. It can potentially serve both purposes.
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I have noticed everyone that disagrees with them are assigned some sort of character flaw. Lazy, want something for nothing, un-American, and on and on. It takes intellectual integrity to realize reasonable people can disagree. so um...
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The new right thinks you have to be in lock step with the new right or you are on drugs.
The new left thinks you have to be in lockstep with the new left or you are a fascist.

See how easy it is to make false blanket statements when one approaches discussion from a politically partisan viewpoint.
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I have noticed everyone that disagrees with them are assigned some sort of character flaw. Lazy, want something for nothing, un-American, and on and on. It takes intellectual integrity to realize reasonable people can disagree. so um...
Everyone.
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Oh wait, it is.
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What is this, some new debate tactic? Ok, maybe there is one or two conservatives on this forum that don't generalize the right...or not.
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Based on his erratic voting behavior, I suspect he has been using it and many other hallucinogens, for years.
I would call you an inhumane pos but you'd prolly like being compared to your president.
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What is this, some new debate tactic? Ok, maybe there is one or two conservatives on this forum that don't generalize the right...or not.
I was merely pointing out that your comment wasn't debate at all. Nor conducive to actual discussion. Blanket statements rarely are.
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I would call you an inhumane pos but you'd prolly like being compared to your president.
For what? McCain has been a member of the Republican party for many years, but he consistently votes with Democrats and does what he can to undermine the Republican agenda. So if I happen to recognize that, I'm a "inhumane pos"? Considering the source, I'll take that as a badge of honor.
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I would call you an inhumane pos but you'd prolly like being compared to your president.
You do realize, that you sound like a sh!t stirrer, and not even close to imparting any knowledge, or a basis for debate.

And your comment on 'your president', clearly states that if he's not your President also, then you aren't entitled to the benefits of the country that 'he' governs.
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It's great knowing I'll never get brain cancer. One less thing to worry 'bout.
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