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The Federal Government Admits That Marijuana Can Kill Cancer Cells

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The United States government’s official stance is that marijuana has no medical value. This is proven by the fact that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. As I always say, that classification is a slap in the face to science and logic. That stance also seems to be at odds with a recent update on the National Institute on Drug Abuse website, which confirmed that marijuana can kill cancer cells according to research. Per the Daily Caller:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a research institution run by the federal government, has grudgingly admitted that marijuana is capable of killing certain cancer cells.

A publication from NIDA, revised as of April 2015, states that “recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”

In effect, this constitutes an admission from the federal government that marijuana has medicinal value. This admission comes at a time when steam is building in the Senate for the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act. Democratic Sen. Cory Booker from New Jersey introduced the bill in early March. It quickly picked up support from GOP Sens. Rand Paul and Dean Heller, as well as Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Barbara Boxer.

This is extremely big news. Not that marijuana can kill cancer cells, that has been well known in the pro-marijuana world for awhile now. What is big news is that the federal government finally admits to it. The federal government has tried very hard for many decades to prevent any non-federal research on the medical effects of marijuana. With so many people suffering from cancer in America right now (including my step-father), why would the federal government fight so hard to avoid recognizing that research until now? Why wouldn’t they embrace marijuana as a treatment for cancer, and do everything in its power to help people that are suffering? It seems like a no-brainer to me, but then again, I have compassion for suffering patients, unlike the federal government.

  • Maskman

    I guess their two options now are to understand, accept, and write into law the enormous medical benefits of marijuana, or just go ahead and make it illegal for people to have cancer

    • James Peters

      Put where is the proof it works in humans?

      • A Real Fan

        I hope you get cancer

        • James Peters

          Well I hope you don’t. However if you did then you would be unwise to use cannabis to treat it

        • Travis

          Wow bro that’s not even cool

      • Jeremy Burleson

        Just go away.

        • James Peters

          That’s not an answer

  • PhDScientist

    PLEASE Call the white house comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that Medical Marijuana be removed from Schedule 1 IMMEDIATELY.
    America’s Cancer patients can’t wait!!!

  • PhDScientist

    The following is a comment I’ve posted previously. I hope the moderator will allow me to re-post it here on behalf of America’s Cancer Patients and Cancer Researchers —

    For Cancer patients, for kids suffering from Seizures, and for so many others, safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana is a matter of life and death. Its critical that Marijuana be removed from Schedule 1 immediately. Please call the whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President get that to happen, to protect the health and safety of Americans that need Medical Marijuana. Have everyone else you know call them too.

    I’m a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research. The clinical evidence of the value of Marijuana as a life saving medicine is now so strong that the need to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 has become a moral imperative. Google Medical Marijuana testimonials. Google Medical Marijuana Cancer Patient Testimonials.

    This weekend over 3,000 Americans died, in pain, of Cancer. Every single day, 1,500 Americans die of Cancer after suffering horribly. it. Every single minute another American dies of Cancer. Every American Cancer patient deserves the right to have safe, legal, and economical access to Medical Marijuana. Every single one.
    Americans who need Medical Marijuana shouldn’t be used as “Political Footballs” Please call the Whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President take immediate action to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 so American Physicians in all 50 states can prescribe it.

    Oncologists have know it for more than a quarter of a Century that Marijuana is a “wonder drug” for helping Cancer patients
    .
    The American Society of Clinical Oncologists wants Marijuana removed from Schedule 1. So does the American Medical Association, the professional society of all Physicians. A strong majority of Americans want Physicians in all 50 states to be able to prescribe Medical Marijuana. So do their Physicians., Cancer patients can’t wait.

    The need to immediately, completely, legalize Marijuana throughout the world is one of the most pressing moral issues of our time, because of its medical benefits and because of the damage prohibition causes to America and to the world.

    Complete legalization is critical — its vital that there aren’t “strings” or “hoops” that Cancer patients and others who need Medical Marijuana are forced to jump through
    .
    “Charlottes web” is NOT the solution. Cancer patients and people who suffer from chronic pain need THC, not just CBD. The “Berkeley study”, where 96% of stage 4 Cancer patients who had a wide variety of Cancers achieved remission, used high dose Medical Marijuana oil, 72% THC, 28% CBD, 1 gram/day (oral) over a 90 day course of treatment. It was a small study, and not placebo controlled, but those kinds of results are clearly remarkable, have been widely reported on in the press, and demand the need for immediate large scale clinical trials.

    More and more present and former members of law enforcement agree about the need to end prohibition, and have formed a rapidly expanding group of current and former undercover cops, FBI, DEA, prosecutors and Judges, from all over the world, called

    LEAP — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

    because they’ve seen the damage prohibition causes to America and the world.

    See http://www.leap.cc/

    I’m a Scientist. Not a politician, not a cop.

    But as a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research, I feel even more strongly about the need to ensure that no Cancer patient is denied it, because I’m so impressed with its benefits for Cancer patients.

    I urge everyone reading this to PLEASE call and email the Attorney General, the press, Congress and the President today.

    Medical Marijuana helps with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Cancer, seizures, PTSD and chronic pain, and has helped many Americans, including many veterans, stop using Alcohol, and hard drugs, both legal and illegal ones.

    Every minute an American dies of Cancer.

    Every 19 minutes an American dies of a prescription drug overdose.

    Many vets become addicted to prescription opiates and die from them.

    NOBODY has ever died from smoking too much pot.

    Cancer patients are seeing remarkable results using high dose Medical Marijuana oil, in many cases achieving complete remission, even for stage 4 cancers — there are many excellent articles on the web, and videos on youtube with patient’s personal stories about their experiences with it — and every Cancer patient that uses Marijuana to ease their suffering benefits greatly from doing so.

    It is immoral to leave Marijuana illegal, for anyone, for even a second longer.

    For Cancer patients, its a matter of life and death.

    Cancer patients can’t wait.

    Medical Marijuana has an unmatched safety profile, and for people who suffer from so many diseases, of so many kinds, its a medical miracle — and the scientific evidence behind it is rock solid.

    For Cancer patients, Medical Marijuana encourages apoptosis and autophagy of Cancer cells, while leaving normal cells untouched, is anti-angigogenic, anti-proliferative, and is anti-angiogenic.

    Its also synergistic with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, making both more effective.
    For many Cancer patients its meant the difference between life and death.

    For everyone else, its a far safer alternative to Alcohol, and infinitely safer than Cigarettes.

    Either take them off the market too, or legalize Marijuana right now.

    2016 is too far away, Its too long to wait. Every year we lose more Americans to Cancer than died in WWII.

    Between now and the 2016 elections, roughly 1 MILLION Americans will die of Cancer.

    And Its a horrible way to die.

    • James Peters

      Let’s assume 1 million people (1,000,000) decide to take some alternative remedy to cure their cancer instead of taking conventional medicine. Let’s further assume (for the sake of argument) that only 0.1% of this million will experience spontaneous remission (the actual remission rate, for breast cancer and basal cell carcinoma at least, is closer to 20%) that 0.3% were misdiagnosed and so do not actually have cancer, and that the alternative treatment is ineffective. This makes for a total of 0.4%, or 4000 people. Now, 4000 people translates into a lot of testimonials, “CAM cured my cancer” blogs, Internet comments, newspaper articles, and real-life word-of-mouth, so this makes an extremely positive impression for ”x”, say cannabis oil. But the other 99.6% died, so though you are bombarded with the stories of the 4000, you hear absolutely nothing about the 996,000 who were not cured. This number rises significantly when you consider that the total number of people who have treated their cancer with CAM is much higher than one million. Of course, this is just a hypothetical example, but it gives you an idea of how the selection bias inherent in all anecdotal evidence can present a grossly distorted picture of just how effective a treatment is, if at all. If you are basing your claims on anecdotal experience, then any treatment will seem to work for anything and everything

      • Jeremy Burleson

        I don’t have to be doctor to realize you are a idiot.

        • James Peters

          Again, where the the proof in humans it works?

          • AlphaZed

            Go to pubmed.org.

            There have been studies conducted on humans for decades now. Just not in the the U.S. where bribery and corruption keep this useful, non deadly herbal medicine out of the hands of the sick to preserve private prison and big Pharma profits.

  • Sinclair

    No duh sherlock.

  • Duece

    I wonder, will the states sue the federal government like they did the tobacco companies? They knowingly have lied to the people and controlled the research to frame their point of view. How much needless suffering happened because of the federal classification of marijuana? It really makes me sick to find out how they’ve lied to us.

  • This is old news. Other older general publications on the NIDA site have similar information. The war on information about cannabis and cancer started with the Reagan Administration which tried to get all the information known then suppressed and forbade further research.

  • TIff420

    Because Big Pharmaceutical Company’s don’t want to lose there hold on the medical world. If Marijuana was legal for cancer use they would not be able to control and capitalize it.

    • James Peters

      Although the antibiotic penicillin was first discovered in a fungus, it doesn’t mean that someone should munch some mould when suffering an infection

  • Kyle Angela Martin

    so why does marijuana is still illegal to use but it can kill cancer?

  • James Peters

    Nothing has been proven in humans, until then it doesn’t work

    • AlphaZed

      Um, actually, it has… Many times. Just look at what Israel is doing. They have been successfully using cannabis as medicine for several years now with amazing results.

      Or I guess you could continue to willfully embrace ignorance I suppose, but that just makes you look, well, Ignorant.

  • majid

    Come to Pakistan i’ll give you tonnes of marijuanna for free, that grows in the wild in islamabad & rawalpindi region

    • Tom Zipp

      Wild marijuana usually is not good enough to get you major stoned. You should not be afraid or annoyed at a plant given to us by God to help us love each other.

  • majid

    This plant has become a nuisance for us, how can this useless plant that grows in the garbbage in Pakistan cure a dangerous disease like cancer,,,, think its just an excuse of you guys to use it….it is causing pollen allergy here to a serious level. We must get rid of it once for all…..

    • Jeremy Burleson

      I hope Isis kills you

  • Tom Zipp

    At the Hippie Church, we are Christians who believe that marijuana gets you closer to Jesus. Love God, love each other, love the herb.

  • Danielle

    They have no compassion because they are making billions apon billions from the pharmaceutical company’s and hospitals who are providing whatever they can to patients to give them hope that they can cure them when all along its lies all lies thc cures cancer and they don’t want us to know this why cause they will loose billions! These people have obviously never seen someone take their last breath seen people suffer or maybe they did and don’t care! It’s hard to watch what people will do to people greed is a terrible thing! But that’s the world! You can’t control people you can only control yourself