The Feds Finally Recognize The Anti-Cancer Potential Of Cannabis — 36 Years Too Late!

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director March 24, 2011

    Scientific trials have for decades documented the anti-cancer properties of cannabis and its constituents. Yet it took until this week for the website of the National Institute of Cancer, a component of the U.S. government’s National Institutes of Health, to finally acknowledged the herb’s therapeutic utility for patients living with disease or suffering from the adverse side-effects of cancer treatment.

    In a newly added section to the website, entitled ‘Cannabis and Cannabinoids,’ the Institute states:

    Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death.”

    …The potential benefits of medicinal cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.”

    It’s a stunning acknowledgment, given that the NIH is a branch of the very same government that presently maintains that the cannabis plant and all of its naturally-derived components have ‘no accepted medical use.’ Yet it also begs the question: Where has the National Institute of Cancer been all these years?

    After all, the anti-tumor activity of cannabinoids were initially documented in 1975! That’s right; it’s taken 36 years for the Institute to get with the program.

    Hopefully it won’t take them another 36 years to demand that the Feds finally assess whether these preclinical results are replicable in human trials.

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    4. Bear Peterson says:

      The NIH has been busy with weed in the last 36 they filed US Patent #6630507 back in Feb. 2nd of 2001 on the medical use of CBD (cannabidoil)in the full text there is a line that reads “Unlike present chemo medications that are all cytotoxic to both healthy as well as cancer cells, cannabidoil has been found to be cytotoxic to cancer cells, yet cytoprotective of healthy cells.”

      Read the synopsis of it straight from the US Patent Office here, http://uspatent6630507.com/

    5. dabutante says:

      The myth that smoking cannabis causes lung cancer has already been debunked.

      “According to the Oncology Report, which posted today about the study, ‘In an analysis of marijuana smokers that excluded tobacco smokers, there were no significant differences in any of the comparisons, including habitual vs. nonhabitual use; number of joints smoked per day; duration of up to 20 years or duration of more than 20 years. The difference in risk is likely related to chemical additives in commercial cigarettes that aren’t present in most methods of inhaling marijuana smoke.’”

      “This new study validates research in 2006 by Dr. Taskin of the University of California which found that not only does marijuana consumption not lead to lung cancer, it may actually protect against it.”

      Read it for yourself here: http://www.theweedblog.com/new-research-finds-habitual-marijuana-consumption-not-linked-to-lung-cancer

    6. RustyBucket says:

      Thats 36 years of “American Dark ages” thanks to Mr Government, and his corrupt ways.

    7. Terry R says:

      IT IS NEVER TOO LATE! Thank the stars and moon that we do know more and more daily, and that finally, the Feds will get their boots off our necks. My mom died in 1988 of breast cancer. She was 49. Had this been available during her life, would she have used it? WHO NKOWS? Doesn’t matter – we cannot undo the past. We can go forward so again, IT IS NEVER TOO LATE!

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