Friday, March 25, 2011

The Feds Finally Recognize The Anti-Cancer Potential Of Cannabis — 36 Years Too Late!

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Paul Armentano, Deputy Director

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.

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Anonymous said...

US government is no authority on anything. Their opinion on cannabis or anything else has no value whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

I'm checking out it's anti-cancer potential right now!

Anonymous said...

I've done years of my own studies. It's nothing but bad news I'm afraid. I just wish I could go back to before I ever tried it and say no this time.

Anonymous said...

There really is nothing wring with mj. Without going into all the statistics that mj activists use; I will simply say that if you want to alter your reality a little bit, mj is the safest thing you could do.

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Anonymous said...

I don't remember any DUI deaths caused by smoking. However, there alarmingly too many DUI deaths because of alcohol. Yet our govt allows bars to pump patrons full of it and then close their eyes as to how they're getting home. Legalize it, everywhere. I'd stop drinking if I was allowed to smoke anywhere I wanted

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Anonymous said...

If you can grow it in your own backyard, how is our mafia government suppose to make any revenue off it then? That's one of the main reasons that it's been illegal this long. Besides many other reasons to numerous to name. But money is always these crooks' motivation. They make more off of busting people for it than they would make with it legalized. We also have the religious busy bodies that want to push their religious misinterpretations down the throats of people who don't believe the same silliness as they do. I am looking forward to the next revolution when we tar and feather all of the "elected" "officials".

Anonymous said...

What is good for me may not be good for you. Pot laws in the hands of a racist government, ridiculous. All they have managed to do is create a huge black market (again racist) for every so called controlled substance. What ever it takes for the right people to sleep at night. Knowing what I know now, I have to ask, how can they?

TheRSVPNetwork said...

Mj Prohibitions days are numbered, as is every official politician that is for the Oath against Americans.

Anonymous said...

yeah...pot--good--//--government--bad--//--THE WEED BE LETTIN YOU KNOW...EVIL LURKS!!

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