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The irony of life can be so amusing! A group of federal scientific researchers, commissioned by the US government to prove, once and for all, that cannabis has absolutely no accepted medical use, found that cannabis actually works when it comes to killing cancer cells, especially brain cancer.
Scientists at the St. George’s University of London found that the two most active cannabinoids in pot, cannabidiol (CBD) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), weakened cancer cells and made them much more susceptible to other treatments, such as radiation.
The medical journal Molecular Cancer Therapies published this study last year. It gives stunning details about the dramatic reduction in several fatal types of brain cancer when these two cannabinoids were used in combination with radiation therapy.
Dr. Wai Liu, the lead researcher in an op-ed piece in the Washington Post, stated that researchers showed, without a doubt, that cannabinoids played a certain role in treating one of the most aggressive types of cancers and that this could provide a way of breaking through brain tumors and saving lives.
Some recent studies done involving animals showed that marijuana can kill certain types of cancer cells, while other studies showed that pot reduced the size of tumors. Research that involved mice showed that whole plant extracts, when used in conjunction with radiation, greatly increased the cancer killing efforts of radiation.
Marijuana became a schedule l drug back in 1970. This means pot has been classified as having no medical use, is considered to be unsafe without a doctor’s supervision, and has a high potential for abuse. The recent federally funded research contracts all of these things. Does this mean that the feds will finally accept what we, the people, have known for ages?
This new evidence come on the heels of a bill which has been introduced to both Congress and the House of Representatives, which seeks to downgrade the Schedule l to at least a Schedule II. This bill, called the CARERS Act, would make marijuana more flexible, at least in the eyes of the federal government, making it an accepted form of medicine. The CARERS Act would also remove the non-intoxicating part of the plant, cannabidiol, from the Controlled Substances Act, allowing it to be distributed from state to state, without bringing down the wrath of federal law.
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