Cannabis Compound Can Help Cells

Neurons which have been labelled with a fluorescent marker.Neurons which have been labelled with a fluorescent marker.Cannabis has been used recreationally and for medicinal purposes for centuries, yet its 60 plus active components are only partly understood. Now scientists have discovered how a compound in cannabis can help cells to function in our bodies, and aid recovery after a damaging event.

In a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the researchers report on their studies into cannabidiol – a naturally occurring molecule found in cannabis.

Also known as CBD, it is not the constituent that gives the high – that compound is called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC – and so may be more acceptable as a drug treatment.

Both compounds are currently used in a pharmaceutical medicine to help patients relieve pain and other symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.

Now researchers have discovered how CBD actually works within brain cells.

By interacting with mitochondria – which are the power generators of all cells – it can help maintain normal levels of calcium allowing cells to function properly and providing a greater resistance to damage.

Disturbance of calcium levels has long been associated with a number of brain disorders. So the finding could have implications for the development of new treatments for disorders related to malfunctioning mitochondria.

Dr Bettina Platt, from the University’s School of Medical Sciences, said: “Scientists have known for a long time that cannabidiol can help with pain relief but we never really knew how it worked.

“However we have discovered what it actually does at the cellular level.

“We are hoping that our findings can instruct the development of cannabidiol based treatments for disorders related to mitochondrial dysfunction such as Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease.”

Nevertheless, Dr Platt warned that smoking cannabis would not necessarily have the same effect.

“There are different strains of cannabis out there and many no longer contain cannabidiol. In fact, these have been deliberately bred out to enhance the THC content,” she said.

“As a result, smoking cannabis would not necessarily have the same beneficial effect, and could even exacerbate neuronal damage.”

Provided by University of Aberdeen

– Article from PhysOrg.com on February 19, 2009.

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  1. Brian Kerr on

    Cannabis Compound Can Help Cells, article

    If you read the article above there is no mention of GOD. So why bring up the topic of religion ?

    The following quote from Dr Platt from the the article. Is not scientific and shows Dr. platt’s ignorance of Cannabis. As it is full of weasel words and guesses about the content of Cannabis being grown. The last quote is total crap. Cannabis / THC has been proved to be non-toxic, so how can a non-toxic Plant cause damage to the body ? There is in fact studies that show that THC is neurologically protective.

    “Nevertheless, Dr Platt warned that smoking cannabis would not necessarily have the same effect.

    “There are different strains of cannabis out there and many no longer contain cannabidiol. In fact, these have been deliberately bred out to enhance the THC content,” she said.

    “As a result, smoking cannabis would not necessarily have the same beneficial effect, and could even exacerbate neuronal damage.””

  2. Sir Les on

    Well how are you going to overturn a law/prohibition, with out help from the people who believe in God?.

    Now it is widely spread rumour, that most of the known world believes in God (so they say) and in making this a Gospel issue of scripture…we can gain a following that far exceeds anything you can muster up on your own accord!

    SO us whackjobs as you call us…are doing a service for the righteousness of God to show human error!…by pointing out the holy word of God…to which we should trust in!…If “in God we trust” is a moto of any relevance!

    If you want to end prohibition…Go out and sow the seeds!

    Simple, yet oh so effect!

    And the more who do it sinlessly, the better!

    God is right all the time!…for he saw that it was Good way back in the begining of time!
    And God is the first to judge the plants…Acts 10:15 says “not to profane what God has made clean”….now who has changed something good into something bad?

    It would seem to me…The so called “sane and rational”..now have the world in peril and detramental states of being!

    Wonder why?…They do not believe in God, nor trust in God’s words….they believe in Idolatry, profits and gains off the oppression and sanctions they impose on others, while polluting the planet with peril!
    Sickness , constant warfare, and unstable economics!..to make false profits!

    Sane and rational?…Yah right!

    Sir Les

  3. flower power on

    > To solve for all sickness…one should clean the root source!
    > And I believe the solution is Biblical.

    I heartily suggest the BIBLICAL SOLUTION to CLEAN the ROOT of the “soul of the matter” is PRECIOUS!

    Sow apple-eye (Every soul applies PRECIOUS in GOD’as SIGHT! As the APPLE of GOD’s OWN EYE!) the solution like a precious ointment upon the head.

    What’s precious is the priceless VALUE of a SURE PROMISE fulfilled!

    Bibliographically, it encompasses the Eternal BIRTH, as 2 Peter,(figurative HEAD) “1:4 ALL” and (in unity) Sow, “ALL 4:1”.

    See, this is the “one for ALL” part of the PRECIOUS PROMISE’ like an ointment that drips and runs down the head…

    2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

    And this PRECIOUS PROMISE is FIRST PETER (CLEAN YOUR HEAD!):”ALL for ONE” expression of the CLEANING of the ROOT (of sin)

    1 Peter 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

    See, like FIRST PETER for ONE.

    The FIRST THING is to “cease from sin”!

    AND THEN…

    1 Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

    Now the WILL of GOD is what???

    Life Everlasting!

    Sow the SEED to SOW is what?

    There is know other name written among men whereby we must be saved.

    Saved for what?

    The very STRAIN of the MOST HIGH.

    The Tree of LIFE!

    It’s like Jack Herer is “one-for-all’s” NAME for a STRAIN of the Tree of LIFE.

    There’s are many, many strains like that cultivated in the Gardens.

    Jesus Christ is GOD’s own, hand-picked NAME for the STRAIN of the TREE of LIFE.

    Deuteronomy 33:3 Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.

    It’s a serendipitous reference to the FLOWERING CYCLE of JESUS’ “time of harvest” when at the age of 33 being manicured, indeed, giving of HIMself to “heal the nations” of all its sins!

    The Tree(s) of LIFE GIVE LIVE; they PROVIDE and SUPPLY the fullfillment of ALL PRECIOUS PROMISES.

    Another NAME for the STAIN is JOSEPH, just like Jack Herer, for example, is a Precious Promise of a strain of the Tree of Life too, to 222…

    Get it?

    Deuteronomy 33:16 And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.

    Another serendipitous STRAIN of PRECIOUS PROMISE fortold and fulfilled!

    Like SEEDS within SEEDS….

    LIFE unending and LOVE ETERNAL…

    The very Jesus Christ Strain of the Tree of LIFE in ALL TREES of LIFE!

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    Taste and SEE that the LORD’s STRAIN is GOOD!

  4. castklearr on

    Thanks for afirming…..you’re jealous….good for you!

    We are all anchored in spirit…eternally…our journeys although reflective are numerous in the physical prizm……doesn’t mean I’m actually physically real!

  5. Sir Les on

    God is proven Right again…as it shurely says in Genesis all the plants are good!…according to God.
    Genesis 1:12,1:29,2:15,9:3…words of wisdom not trusted by humankind…So in God we trust…must be questioned as to what God is their trust in?

    Now becaue this prohibition and laws of contrabann exist…who is arresting these scientist?

    or why do they have inpunity?

    Makes one go hmmmm.

    Now if humans take one thing out of the chain of life…what is the result?

    Global warming..Sick chickens, mad cows, fowl turkeys, tainted fish, beached whales, dolphins,seals, and other spinless creatures…
    How do they show signs that the system God made is now in effect breaking down?…

    Marijuana and Hemp…the tree of life?..for the healing of the nations?…

    And how does the seed,tree of life,restoration of Eden,and decomposition of this Hemp/Marijuana plant help the enviroment climatize and , help retard sickness (bacteria and virus) that are now running rampid in our eco systems…which infect us directly.

    To solve for all sickness…one should clean the root source!

    And I believe the solution is Biblical.

    Sir Les

  6. Anonymous on

    I liked how you said :

    You don’t like science either? Are u an athiest magician? Athiest’s *believe* and have faith there is no god

    Faith is the belief without evidence, Which includes gods and religion. Atheism doesn’t require faith due to to there being evidence pointing to a naturalistic world. So I agree, atheism is a belief but not one that requires blind faith.

  7. Eponymous on

    Okay phobe – Believing in something is in the nature of our mind. You don’t like science either? Are u an athiest magician? Athiest’s *believe* and have faith there is no god – gnostics and agnostics similarly are in it for transference of consciousness and understanding, true understand, truth* understand rather.

    marijuana is a cultigen and would not be here if it weren’t for humans evolving along side it – same goes for salvia divinorum (its actually a better case for cultigens).

    As for Amanita (not amarita) i am assuming you mean the variety Muscaria. This ancient entheogen just reveals or pulls back the *veil* on ur true identity. Don’t run from your self cuz u cant. Just fall easily into the true nature of your mind. You are god, YOU are the dog star crown shakra stargate. Everyone is idiosyncratically infinitely distant from one another to allow ample room for each god to act in their own quantum dimension. Theres harmonizing between these “gods” (really just human nature of mind), or communication, but this is commonly known as sex. I mean its no mystery when u do lots of meditation… INHALATION (pot) and study of the wonderous metaphor that is *mushroom*.

    Do some homework buddy and wake up…. O_O

    ps: the venetianz are among us foo

  8. An animal in make believe on

    I have nothing against those of you who like to think their is something else to this life. All I ask is you keep it short if your going to waste my time with it. I think its great for you but I could care less about your fairy tales and thoughts on life. Just as I am sure you do not wish to hear my thoughts on how we are not special but that’s fine with me cause I am here.

    Now for the real reason this forum is here.

    I am glad that science is backing up what has been known for far too long. However I do not think the US will come around until all the elements of this war are combined and brought to light. We have to show the public the science and the reality of the war. Show them how our drug war is killing thousands of people. After you show them that show them how much money we can save and then how much we could make producing it here and taxing it. The whole picture needs to be shown loud and clear for the masses.

  9. castklearr on

    The spine has THC receptors. The body produces THC.

    The spine also is connected to out glands by filament wiring from the gonads to the pineal gland in the brain that connects the third eye above your nose between the eyes….just above. close your eyes and it always centers where the third eye is….that unused body part!

    When thru abstination and a catlyst (mushrooms/lsd/marijuana)the gonads heat up sending a huge stream of energy up and out the top of the head…..while the eyes ratchet open the third eye turns on revealing a WORLD OF AURA.

    We are all waiting to explode out the top to accend into the physical world of “AURA AND ALL KNOWING”.

    thanku….

    Kundalini Awakening

    Before we discuss about kundalini awakening… we need to understand the meaning of kundalini! The kundalini Shakti is that hidden positive energy stored in every human being by awakening which every human being can reach the level of Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed.

    The awakening of the kundalini is possible by practicing the right Yoga and meditation. In the normal circumstances the awakening of the kundalini is supposed to happen within a period of 11 million manifestations in the form of a human being. A serious seeker of spirituality always desires Kundalini awakening at the earliest. Why?

    Every true seeker of spirituality understands that unless the kundalini awakening occurs… one shall not be able to reach the level of Nirvikalpa samadhi and the stage of self realization. Kundalini awakening is a hundred percent must before one can gain enlightenment in this life.

    Apart from practicing the Shavasana pose in Yoga and also Neti as advocated by Maharishi Ramana… one needs to practice absolute celibacy for the kundalini awakening to occur.

    Kundalini awakening is not something which can be taught in form of books… it only comes from experience. As we proceed on the path of pure spirituality while practicing absolute celibacy and meditation… we shall find one-day that our kundalini awakening has occurred.

    Kundalini energy stored within our spine slowly recoils itself. It is as if God is directly lifting us straight up for us to realize God with a short period of time. It is a very noble experience for every true seeker of spirituality.

    For the kundalini awakening to occur… we need to preserve the monthly quota of energy given to every man and woman. We just cannot let this energy find pure physical channels of pleasure.

    The path of kundalini awakening shall become clear from the following example-

    In the normal routine if we are required to take 11 million steps up the ladder of spirituality… then it is also possible that we take the elevator straight up and cut short the path.

    This elevator… the shortcut is the path of the kundalini which can be awakened by preserving the cosmic energy provided to every human being every month. As the stored energy increases… so does the journey expedite?

    Every true seeker of spirituality has to one-day switchover to the recourse of kundalini awakening for the normal path may take millions of manifestations… a long journey indeed!

    As the kundalini Shakti raises from the base of the spine towards the centre of the forehead… one shall experience very fearful flashes. It is really frightening sometimes for the kundalini awakening is accompanied by the shadow of a mammoth king cobra with many heads glaring at you from a short distance.

    The coiled Serpentine kundalini Shakti has been compared to the power which one experiences while watching a coiled snake coming out of slumber. It is too frightening an experience and many seekers of spirituality leave their journey midway.

    The coiled Serpentine energy known as kundalini Shakti is not to be feared of. We have to under all circumstances look at the face of the cobra with a feeling that we have to overcome the fear imbibed within us. Fearing the coiled kundalini Shakti shall be of no help.

    The practice of absolute celibacy brings about a radical change in the personality of a serious seeker of spirituality. As we conqueror the coiled kundalini Shakti… we shall find an enormous glow on our forehead visible to the mankind.

    The glow on the forehead of any human being directly represents the inner thinking process of any human being. More the glow… the higher the human being is supposed to be on the spiritual pedestal.

    We may indulge in kundalini awakening right now or in subsequent manifestations… there is absolutely no escape. We have to indulge in kundalini awakening in one of the manifestations so that our soul (atman within our body) regains its pristine pure from at the earliest and liberates forever from the cycle of birth and death.

    In the last 150 years two persons have very successfully awakened their kundalini and realized God. Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana while proceeding on the path of pure spirituality in search of God had their kundalini awakened fully. It was only after their kundalini had awakened were they able to reach the stage of Nirvikalpa samadhi.

    Every true seeker of spirituality understands the importance of kundalini awakening. If we are to realize God within our lifetime… we have to awaken our kundalini fully in this very life. Unless we take the lift straight up… we shall not reach the level of an awakened one… a living Buddha!

    Kundalini awakening… however fearful it may seem to be… is representative of the positive powers of the Cosmos overtaking the Satanic powers forever. Every God realized soul reaches the level of a Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ or Prophet Mohammed only after having conquered the negative forces for ever by awakening of the kundalini.

    Kundalini awakening is better possible in a Man… The prime reason why in the whole history of mankind only two ladies had their kundalini awakened fully… Gargi, the bachelor philosopher and Maitreyi… the famous wife of Sage Jnanavalakya!

    Gargi was that special lady who having awakened her kundalini indulged herself in the famous dialogues with Pundit Mandan Mishra on the topic of sex. Gargi finally defeated Pundit Mandan Mishra for she was a truly God realized soul. Pundit Mandan Mishra had yet to awaken his kundalini.

    Sage Jnanavalakya was that dominant force in the times of king Janaka that even before the contest amongst 10,000 pundits and sages gathered on stage had begun… Sage Jnanavalakya ordered the prize money to be taken home. Sage Jnanavalakya was a truly God realized soul. His kundalini had awakened fully and he knew that none in the assembly had reached his level of spiritual attainment.

    Maitreyi… his dutiful wife was never after the mundane affairs of life… she yearned for gaining self realization within her lifetime. She knew well that her husband could impart her pearls of wisdom gaining which she could get her kundalini awakened and finally reach the stage of enlightenment.

    The Gargi and the Maitreyi colleges in New Delhi, India are reminiscent of those enlightening times in the history of mankind which remind us that kundalini awakening is also possible for a woman.

    Summing up I need to emphasize the fact that the precious semen is required to be stored if we truly desire Kundalini awakening at the earliest. It is only when the stored semen rises through the spine to the level of the centre of the forehead… shall we gain enlightenment within this life.

  10. castklearr on

    Your argument falls apart because like a lot of jerks YOU ARE A BELIEVER.

    THROW AWAY FACT FOR FICTION

    Produce a god ….be careful it might be A Allah….WHO FUCKING KNOWS!

    I know science will pick it apart and decide which parts I’m gonna have…..SCIENCE IS MORE COMMUNISM!

    Lets not explore how to become a pure mutant….lets leave everything to chance so the experience is more pure…..don’t eat amarita!

  11. Joe and his six pack on

    Marijuana is a safe and effective herbal medicine. The reason for this it is made by our creator God and it has been use for thousands of years way before the big pharmaceutical became the scum they are today with the FDA protecting there profits not the people. For the police when they arrest a pot smoker or growers this does nothing in to remove a killer or a rapist or an arsonist from the streets. This does nothing in making you or me safer. All it does is stops a human being from medicating him or herself with a safer substance than the pills that give them side effects. It does nothing in stopping a killer going after a little girl sleeping in their own bed. Arresting a pot smoker does nothing to stopping the kidnapers it does nothing in stopping a killer from going after their next victims. Having police looking for flowers in an air plane does nothing in stopping a man from cutting a man’s head off in a grey hound bus.
    Going after none violent people smoking marijuana just takes police and court and a prison bed away from the killers that stalks there next victim . Legalizing marijuana would end the gang’s profits. Also treating the herb as alcohol would end all the wasted time going after victimless none violent crimes. This is like arresting speeders, illegal parking, jay walkers, swimming in the nude, spitting on the side walk. Does this really make you feel safer?