Pubdate: Sun, 28 Jul 2002
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2002 The Calgary Sun
Author: Chuck Beyer
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor; headline by newshawk.


In a recent letter on the effect of marijuana on tumours you impugned the 
validity of the writer's argument in the postscript. To set the record 
straight (no pun intended ) the March 2000 issue of Nature Medicine 
published a study where researchers announced they had destroyed incurable 
brain tumours in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in 
cannabis. Also, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of 
Sciences are studies by the National Institutes of Health and National 
Institute for the Chemistry of Biological Systems in Naples, Italy that 
showed ingredients in marijuana act as an antioxidant and neuron protector 
and can inhibit the growth of breast cancer.

Chuck Beyer

(It's still a stretch to suggest marijuana cures cancer.)
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