The National Cancer Institute Updates FAQ Page: ‘Cannabis Kills Cancer’

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The NCI, more commonly known as The National Cancer Institute, recently revised its FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page regarding marijuana and its medicinal properties – noting that marijuana’s cannabinoids kill cancer.

The government backed website cites a handful of recent studies which drill down how cannabis “may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow” while at the same time protecting healthy cells from damage.

Undeniable Science: “A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells,” noted the NCI. “Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.”

Below are just a few of the interesting marijuana factoids provided by NCI:

  • Cannabinoids are active chemicals in Cannabis that cause drug -like effects throughout the body, including the central nervous systemand the immune system.

  • Cannabinoids can be taken by mouth, inhaled, or sprayed under the tongue.

  • Cannabis and cannabinoids have been studied in the laboratory and the clinic for relief of pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and loss of appetite.

  • Cannabis and cannabinoids may have benefits in treating the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer therapies. There is growing interest in treating children for symptoms such as nausea with Cannabis and cannabinoids, although studies are limited.

  • Two cannabinoids (dronabinol and nabilone) are drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention or treatment of chemotherapy -related nausea and vomiting.

  • Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory.

Unfortunately, hypocrisy still rules the day: Regardless of the mountain of scientific evidence, demonstrating that marijuana’s cannabinoids have medicinal benefits, the feds both maintain a patent on cannabinoids and fight to keep the plant and its many beneficial compounds illegal. While at the same time the Food and Drug Administration authorizes pricey pharmaceuticals with a host of ugly side effects.

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

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  1. This hypocrisy has got to stop! The prosecution of innocent people must stop! The heavy hand of the federal government needs to get they’re collective heads out of they’re collective asses, & de-schedule ALL cannabis & hemp. What good are laws that hurt us? The war on drugs, (especially cannabis) have hurt people more then helped. The people who use it know, much better then those that do not, that cannabis is a free, wonderful gift from god. The prohibitionists & religious right needs to start over, grab your bible, turn to page one, (Genesis 1:29) read where god gave us every herb bearing seed, on the face of the earth, that includes, especially cannabis, ITS GOOD FOR YOU!!! Fight for Legal!

  2. Daniel Larusso on

    I figure as the older generation (70+) expires, the push to legalize will finally win…or if every stoner in the country band together and vote for it. I would think a demonstration like the “occupy” movement would work too.

  3. What made some believe it was a gateway drug, I think, is because we used to have to acquire it through those who had easy access to or were already selling those other drugs. Those of us around the same age as you had no choice then. Those of us who did partake and still do, also started realizing the medical benefits that came with it. From relieving my visual migraines if ingested during the pre-migraine visual-loss period, or reducing the intensity of my MS spasms, or calming me down during heightened periods of anxiety and anger, its medicinal benefits were clear to me many, many years ago. Trying to convince family members that I wasn’t or still am not a pot addict has been extremely difficult!

  4. No, the US government hasn’t just admitted that cannabis kills cancer. The site carries details of the current scientific evidence around the effects of cannabis and cannabinoids on cancer cells in the lab and animal models. Also NCI’s cancer information website is an independent resource for doctors and the patients, and is not a statement of NIH, NCI or US government policy. Furthermore, the information on these pages isn’t new, nor is it an ‘admission’ of any kind: the scientific evidence about cannabis, cannabinoids and cancer, which these media stories are referring to, has been openly published on the NCI’s website for several years – for example, a page from 2011 and accessed via the internet archive shows this

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