According to this online article, the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), has conceded that marijuana extracts can kill cancer cells, citing what scientists from St. George’s University in London discovered in a recent marijuana study.
The NIDA reported the following, “Recent animal studies have shown that marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. One cell culture study suggests that purified extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumors.” The scientific study was led by Dr. Wai Liu, and published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics in November 2014.
Dr. Liu commented on the study findings, saying, “The benefits of the cannabis plant elements were known before but the drastic reduction of brain cancers if used with irradiation is something new and may well prove promising for patients who are in gravely serious situations with such cancers in the future.”
Unfortunately, marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I drug by the U.S. Congress, along with LSD, heroin, and ecstasy, which labels it as having, “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Until Congress allows cannabis to be reclassified, it continues to thwart U.S. researchers’ ability to conduct the scientific studies required to prove its medical benefits and to develop distribution to patients in need.
Twenty-three U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana; twelve states legalized it for medical use of non-psychoactive cannabis extracts. Four states and D.C. have actually legalized marijuana for recreational use. However, the Department of Justice recently released a statement declaring they would not interfere with any states’ medical marijuana programs, but will continue in their pursuit of prosecuting private individuals using marijuana.
Meanwhile, Dr. Wai Liu elaborated on possible medications derived from the cannabis plant. “Sativex, for example, is already licensed as a mouth spray for multiple sclerosis and in the United States, dronabinol, and nabilone are commercially available for treating cancer-related side effects. We’ve also shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults.”
All of which illustrates one more reason people should inform themselves and vote for functional representatives in the U.S. government, since engaging in current events is the only way to affect changes for the better.