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Cannabis Is “An Effective Treatment” For Cancer Patients, Israeli Study Concludes

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director February 1, 2012

    [Editor’s note: This post is excerpted from this week’s forthcoming NORML weekly media advisory. To have NORML’s news alerts and legislative advisories delivered straight to your in-box, sign up here.]

    Some two-thirds of Israeli cancer patients authorized to use cannabis report long-term, symptomatic improvement from the plant, according to clinical data presented in late January at a conference of the Israeli Oncologists Union and reported this week in several international media outlets.

    Investigators at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, in conjunction with the Israeli Cancer Association, assessed the efficacy of cannabis therapy over the course of one year in 264 patients with cancer. Israeli media reported the findings:

    Some 61 percent of the respondents reported a significant improvement in their quality of life as a result of the medical marijuana, while 56 percent noted an improvement in their ability to manage pain. In general, 67 percent were in favor of the treatment, while 65 percent said they would recommend it to other patients.”

    The study concluded that cannabis is an “effective” treatment for certain symptoms of the disease cancer and recommended, “The treatment should be offered to the patients in earlier stages of cancer.”

    In the trial, the most common types of cancer for which medical marijuana was authorized was lung cancer (21 percent ), breast cancer (12 percent ) and pancreatic cancer (10 percent ).

    The study focused primarily on the use of cannabis to relieve various symptoms of cancer or cancer treatment, such as pain and nausea, but did not evaluate whether marijuana therapy could potentially suppress the proliferation of the disease. In preclinical trials, various cannabinoids – including THC and CBD (cannabidiol) – have been shown to selectively target and eliminate malignant cells and cancerous tumors.

    To date, some 6,000 Israelis possess government authorization to use cannabis therapeutically. Patients authorized by the federal program may either cultivate cannabis at home or they may obtain marijuana from one of the nation’s 12 licensed cannabis farms.

    Last summer, the Israeli Health Ministry formally acknowledged the therapeutic utility of cannabis and announced newly amended guidelines to more effectively govern the state-sponsored production and distribution of medical marijuana. The Ministry estimates that as many as 40,000 patients will eventually have access to medicinal cannabis once the Israeli program is fully implemented.

    NORML’s literature review of the anti-cancer properties of cannabis and cannabinoids is available here.

    59 Responses to “Cannabis Is “An Effective Treatment” For Cancer Patients, Israeli Study Concludes”

    1. fishcreekbob says:

      Everybody must get stoned. Think you can shove that sideways up Obama’s ass?

    2. Smoke n toke says:

      See, that was’nt so bad, was it? all you have to do is give it a try. See for yourself that it belongs to all.

    3. Denver WMD says:

      So here we are another Story of the The benefits of medical marijuana( No Shit ) So 100% Our government does not give a shit about the America Voters and the rest of the World. So here we all are. Government, dea, fda. You Cannot patent a plant. So Your pushing incentives for conrol with this alcohol initiative, because fuck we don’t wanna treat medicine as medicine and take away profits from companiesthat are already in control. So Treat it like alcohol, so the masses think it was all about just getting high. Fuck They will believe anything, We tell them to believe. Let’s Not forget Zero tolerance

    4. Denver WMD says:

      So here we are another Story of the The benefits of medical marijuana( No Shit ) So 100% Our government does not give a shit about the America Voters and the rest of the World. So here we all are. Government, dea, fda. You Cannot patent a plant. So Your pushing incentives for conrol with this alcohol initiative, because fuck we don’t wanna treat medicine as medicine and take away profits from companiesthat are already in control. So Treat it like alcohol, so the masses think it was all about just getting high. Fuck They will believe anything, We tell them to believe. Let’s Not forget Zero tolerance, because fuck we can’t have you driving while impaired. Do as we say, not as we do? Its Illegal and unconstitutional. The facts are there Marijuana, Cannabis, Promote healthy well being in humans it is 100% Medicine. The War on Marijuana is a War against the people. It just shows the leaders of America only care about Money. So here we are all together Black, White, Yellow and Brown, All red white and blue, what do we do now?

    5. Jayne Knous says:

      There are many medical publications that show cannabis can even reverse tumors. What a cruel thing to with hold this medicine. What insanity the whole so called drug war is!

    6. Johnny says:

      One small step forward, awesome.

    7. zion says:

      weed will make palestine free
      and israelites get stoned

    8. kronos says:

      Maybe the republican candidates should hear about this. I mean if its good for God’s chosen people, then it must be good for the rest of mankind.

    9. Paradoc says:

      It is apparent that the US has NO plans to ever have Cannabis as a legal substance-other than the medication that will be made from it-and tightly controlled.Sativex is being “approved”-right now- for Cancer pain-alleviating any doubt it will be “abused”..ADDICTIVE MY A*S-Coffee is more “addictive” than Cannabis.
      At least I can go to Portugal or Israel to live-after Romney destroys, what’s left of, our country.

    10. JJ says:

      Isreal is able to do these tests. Other countries inthe world can do these tests. But not America. People better start using their physical abilities before the USA takes that possibility out too. Start using ur heads America.

      A great man once said “freedom is not given to anyone. It is won.”.

      People need to wake up.

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