People have been arguing about it for decades and as recently as July of this year the National Institute on Drug Abuse has stated on their website that in recent tests, marijuana has shown to have helped kill certain cancer cells. The debate on whether or not medicinal marijuana is beneficial to those suffering from cancer, aids & glaucoma has been going on since before California first passed prop 215 back in 1996 and each year after that medical marijuana activists have been pushing to get legitimate government funded tests to prove the medicinal properties of cannabis.
The tests funded by the National Health Institute have discovered that the extracts from the marijuana plant slowed the growth of cancer cells found in brain tumors and when these cannabis extracts were used in conjunction with radiation, the “cancer-killing” effects were increased. Although NIDA still states on their website states that cannabinoids have led to “serious health effects when abused” further in-depth study will eventually uncover the great benefits so many medical marijuana patients have been experiencing such as this man from the UK who in 2012 claimed that cannabis oil helped cure his liver cancer.
The National Cancer Institute now has on their website a list of facts on marijuana and how it can be beneficial for treating cancer as well as how it can help lessen the side-effects chemotherapy has on the body. They list on their website that cannabis can help aid the relief of pain, nausea and loss of appetite which are just a few of the many side-effects associated with CTX.
Getting a government agency to acknowledge the healing benefits and fund medical research of cannabis is not only a great victory for medical marijuana activists but is also a huge step towards nationwide legalization as well as FDA approved medical marijuana treatments. One could argue that the downfalls of the government getting involved in medical marijuana could supersede the benefits, but that’s a whole other discussion.
– Clint Beastwood Aug/28/2015