National Cancer Institute scrubs “anti-tumoral effect” of cannabinoids from website

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator March 30, 2011

    You may recall last Wednesday when we pointed out this incredible paragraph on the website of the National Cancer Institute at cancer.gov, on their general information about medical cannabis, touting its antitumoral effects:

    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.

    NCI apparently got a talking to from someone, because now that page has been scrubbed of any reference to the direct antitumoral effects of cannabis:

    The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. Though no relevant surveys of practice patterns exist, it appears that physicians caring for cancer patients who prescribe medicinal Cannabis predominantly do so for symptom management.

    See for yourself:

    Click the image for the full-size screenshots of the NCI's Cancer.gov website

    148 responses to “National Cancer Institute scrubs “anti-tumoral effect” of cannabinoids from website”

    1. Jmadd says:

      wow the feds took care of that! The truth will set us free!

    2. aimlessendeavor says:

      I just wonder about how much longer it will be until we realize our “mother may I” approach to the movement isn’t heavy enough. Topics like this are what set me off, and unless we ACT, unless we SPEAK LOUDLY, we will remain silent.

    3. NJ Leaper says:

      I would expect nothing less from a government who lies to us about getting into a “war.” This is the agonal breath of a bad policy, which unfortunately wouldn’t die fast enough.

    4. Christopher says:

      If the government is to go so far as to stop the treatment of the most deadly disease in the history of man kind, what makes us think we can actually win this war?

      The governments complete lack of humanity really has me loosing all hope for the cause. What can we do?

    5. Steve says:

      Big Brother is ever vigilant and working hard to keep us all safe from that demon plant that probably cures cancer. Thanks, Big Brother! I for one know that you only have our best interests in mind.

    6. Jesus Christ says:


    7. warren says:

      The nazi censors should be held accountable for this.As far as I`m concerned if these bozos lie on this the whole country is fueled by lies and deception. Were doomed. Roman empire replay without the technology.We are run by lying thieves, crooks and hypocrites.Its impossible to believe Any of these politicians, govt officials and anybody associated with this regime and there propaganda.The Nazis wuold be envious.

    8. THC_ALLIANCE says:

      Ok, has anyone contacted the NCI and inquired about this?

      This is something that requires some serious investigation because that is VERY odd!

      This needs to be made as publicly aware as possible. So people can truly see how deceitful these people really are.

      This is going front page top of the list on every site I can get my fingers on.

    9. B says:

      This is hardly surprising. My first thought when I read the original article was that if they left the info about anti-tumoral properties it would provide a basis to challenge the government’s assertions that cannabis has no medicinal value. They can leave the parts about pain mitigation because the DEA and FDA have already declared that using cannabis for simple pain management is only symptom abatement and can be accomplished using drugs currently on the legal market and therefore, in their minds, cannabis is not a real medicine. If they start admitting that cannabis may actually combat the root causes of some diseases rather than simply counteracting their symptoms, they will no longer be able to maintain the charade that cannabis is medically useless.

      Of course, even if the only medicinal property of cannabis is pain abatement, its use should be legal. The truth, as we all know, is that the vast majority of the modern medical industry is focused on symptom management rather than curing diseases. If symptom management is not a legitimate use for medicine, we need to ban the vast majority of both otc and prescription meds. If you have a cold, you take a cough suppressant; this is symptom management, as suppressing the cough is symptom management, not a cure for the common cold. If you break a bone, the doctor may give you hydrocodone or percocet; they will make you high enough to deal with the pain, but they play no role in healing your broken bone. Even if you have something dangerous, like high blood pressure, the doctor will put you on blood pressure pills. These pills try to keep your blood pressure down, but, again, it is aimed at the symptom, not the cause. People should have the right to address the symptoms of their illnesses – indeed, the illness itself – as they see best, and for many, that may mean using cannabis as medicine.

    10. DRodman says:

      I just don’t understand what the government is trying to do, lose more and more trust from American people? I mean more and more people know the real truth, and as we see the government keep trying to downplay or ignore it, we can’t help but feel betrayed by the people who are supposed to be serving us.

      Also, the “not FDA approved” line is laughable. Cannabis has been tested FAR more than the majority of these “FDA approved” pills. And guess which treatments for ANY condition have far more dangerous side effects? The “FDA approved” pills. I mean guess what’s “FDA approved” in this sick country. Amphetamines for six year olds. What a joke.