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Except it's more than being silent. In some cases, our federal government is actually blocking access to essential research into what could potentially be some of the most important medical discoveries since stem cells. And of course, our worthless media refuses to report it.

Research and development is a vital function of government. It cannot be left in the hands of private interest corporations driven solely by profit. After all, it doesn't matter to corporations what shape or condition people are in. The people who buy stuff don't have to be healthy. They still need stuff whether they're sick or healthy. It might be different stuff but it's still stuff that's produced by corporations. Even bedridden people consume.

Our lives are not self-sustained. So we cannot allow corporate boardrooms and CEOs to decide which products we have access to and when. If any entity should have control over the products consumers have access to it should be the government. At least we still hold onto some electoral control of who's in Congress and the White House. But we sure don't have any control over who produces what we consume.

Face it, we buy blind.

In order to sustain a world populated by seven billion people, medical research into the maladies affecting humankind is essential. In fact, it's more than essential; it's epochal. It's everything. It's the future of the human race. So why then is our government silent on research and studies conducted on a potential wonder drug in the medical field; at universities, hospitals and think tanks all over the country? There's some exciting things being discovered about the natural components and properties of marijuana right now.

Discoveries in the treatment of disease and afflictions affecting millions of people are being reported on in several medical journals and magazines that average Americans know nothing about. Those test results and discoveries are seldom reported on and almost never promoted in a way to reach average people. There is no better example of under reported or non reported test results and discoveries of medicinal benefits of a substance than those of marijuana. Other than promoting the fact it's illegal, our government treats the subject of marijuana as taboo. According to them, marijuana has neither social nor medicinal value.

They're wrong on both counts. And they're being fundamentally dishonest about marijuana.

What follows is a brief summary of four of the more recent discoveries into the medicinal value of marijuana. I'm not in the medical field. Nor am I a researcher by trade. So I can't talk about marijuana in technical terms. But I am able to comprehend basic facts gathered from published test results and then use them to make my own conclusions.

You too can make your own conclusions.

Alternet has the news:

Scientific evaluations of cannabis and the health of its consumers have never been more prevalent. Studies are now published almost daily rebuking the federal government’s allegations that the marijuana plant is a highly dangerous substance lacking any therapeutic utility. Yet, virtually all of these studies – and, more importantly, their implications for public policy – continue to be ignored by lawmakers. Here are just a few examples of the latest cannabis science that your federal government doesn’t want you to know about.
First, what marijuana doesn't do.
Subjects who regularly inhale cannabis smoke do not possess an increased risk of lung cancer compared to those who either consume it occasionally or not at all, according to data presented in April at the annual meeting of the American Academy for Cancer Research.
Investigators from the University of California, Los Angeles analyzed data from six case-control studies, conducted between 1999 and 2012, involving over 5,000 subjects (2,159 cases and 2,985 controls) from around the world.
 
They reported, “Our pooled results showed no significant association between the intensity, duration, or cumulative consumption of cannabis smoke and the risk of lung cancer overall or in never smokers.”

Previous case-control studies have also failed to find an association between cannabis smoking and head and neck cancers or cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract.

That fact doesn't seem to matter to the federal government. The DEA continues to maintain that...
“Marijuana smokers increase their risk of cancer of the head, neck, lungs and respiratory track.”
Now, here's what marijuana actually does.

1.) Consistent use of cannabis is associated with reduced risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.

Will the pot plant one day play a role in staving off the ongoing epidemic of Type 2 diabetes? Emerging science indicates that it just might.

According to trial data published this month in the American Journal of Medicine, subjects who regularly consume cannabis possess favorable indices related to diabetic control compared to occasional consumers or non-consumers.

We have a virtual epidemic of type-2 diabetes in this country and our government isn't concerned with publicizing a potential remedy?

Assessment of a study done by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston.

The recent findings are supportive of the findings of 2012 study by a team of UCLA researchers, published in the British Medical Journal

2.) Inhaling cannabis dramatically mitigates symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

Smoking cannabis twice daily significantly reduces symptoms of Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disorder that is estimated to impact about half a million Americans. So say the results of the first-ever placebo-controlled trial assessing the use of cannabis for Crohn’s – published online this month in the scientific journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
3.) Marijuana-like substances halt HIV infection in white blood cells.
The administration of THC has been associated with decreased mortality and ameliorated disease progression in monkeys with simian immunodeficiency virus, a primate model of HIV disease. So could cannabinoids produce similar outcomes in humans? The findings of a newly published preclinical trial indicate that the answer may be ‘yes’ and they reveal the substance’s likely mechanism of action in combating the disease.

4.) Cannabinoids offer a likely treatment therapy for PTSD.

Post-traumatic stress syndrome is estimated to impact some eight millions American annually and effective treatments for the condition are few and far between. Yet just published research in the May issue of the journal Molecular Psychiatry indicates that cannabinoids hold the potential to successfully treat the condition.

Researchers at the New York School of Medicine reported that subjects diagnosed with PTSD possess elevated quantities of endogenous cannabinoid receptors in regions of the brain associated with fear and anxiety. In addition, authors also reported that these subjects suffer from the decreased production of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter, resulting in an imbalanced endocannibinoid system. (The endogenous cannabinoid receptor system is a regulatory system that is present in living organisms for the purpose of promoting homeostasis).

There's much, much more about the ongoing research into the treatment of these four maladies with marijuana @ Alternet. Please read the entire article.

We just have to find a way to get this information out to the general public. And staying informed is the key in doing it. It's clear that neither our federal government nor the corporate media is interested in doing it.

It's time to end the government's embargo on information. And it's past time to end this prohibition once and for all.

Originally posted to markthshark on Thu May 30, 2013 at 04:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Cannabis Law and Drug War Reform.

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