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The Feds Finally Admit What We Have Known All Along
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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We want to be clear here: we are not talking about people who are looking to get high. We can use cannabinoids to cure cancer without ever rolling a blunt. The problem with current federal law is that even marijuana which contains no THC (the part of the plant which gets you high) is still illegal, even though you can’t possibly get high without THC. Where is the logic in this?
If you do even a quick search of the PubMed National Library of Medicine database using the key word ‘marijuana,’ you will get thousands of hits. You can find marijuana advocacy websites that have created lists of studies in easy to read formats, showing study after study about the health benefits of marijuana. This really leads to head scratching and begs the question: “why is America spending so much time, not to mention money, both researching and prosecuting, marijuana, which has been shown to have numerous health benefits, while we fast track other drugs that have questionable results and sometimes devastating side effects?”
If the truth were told, the benefits of pot have more clinical research to back up its effectiveness and safety than most pharmaceutical drugs!
When you consider that most drug labels have up to 70 negative side effects, some with as many as 525, and that most of them have not been studied for long term use, it becomes easy to see the oddity that exists concerting the use of hemp, which contains no THC. It’s mind boggling!
Hopefully, the US will soon realize that that there are both health related and practical uses for marijuana and that one day soon, Americans everywhere will be able to benefit from the health benefits of weed, as well as the sustainability of hemp.