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.

    149 responses to “The Feds Finally Recognize The Anti-Cancer Potential Of Cannabis — 36 Years Too Late!”

    1. Roger says:

      Awesome news and info that’s probably purposefully been hidden for all these yrs., for God’s sake our Gov’t would never want the masses to be healthy and happy

    2. William says:

      This should automatically kick Marijuana, THC, etc from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2. Just like Cocaine. Not much difference in consequence, but it’s a start.

    3. Where have the Oncologists been all these years? With their heads up their asses…..they ALL KNEW all of this–they were playing the game—political football. Damn the truth, we want to sell you droperidol as an anti-emetic (a so-called anti-psychotic, like reglan or haloperidol.).
      They and all of organized medicine that has been silent on this for years are cowards. At least now, they begin a step toward the light of the truth.

    4. mike zellweger says:

      DAH!!….. and so,so, much more.

    5. Maria says:

      Well, maybe now their will be no more suffering. I am so excited that this information has come out in public! Lets go and help some sick people!

    6. 3141 - Brethren of the Genesist Faith says:

      It’s all about “The Pill.” But – even the pill isn’t as good as the natural whole plant material. Does anyone really believe that they would have come “out of the closet” unless they had something to offer in place of their humongous discovery. But! – it’s all good! Now! if we could only get rid of that tumor they call the DEA. Now that our sacrament [has] current acceptable medical use, and we know [has] no potential for abuse it must, by law, be removed from schedule I. I wonder, though, when they will come clean on the non-addictive, non-toxic, Gateway bull shit? It sure takes them a long time to tell the truth. They have so much egg on their face, one could call them “chicken face” instead of the usual chicken shit.

      Rebel with a Cause
      Los Angeles Colony

    7. Pain-fully Stressed says:

      so now what ? are they goin to put it on the market or have it medically available? or are they just sayin it prevents cancer cells but they still will not put it out there for people to have? its like tease a child with a new toy that they will never have.

    8. xylo says:

      hey now give em a little credit, better late than never