It has been known that patients who suffer from cancer, choose to use cannabis as an alternative to other pharmaceuticals medicines.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse, a government funded research group, has finally identified cannabis’s capacity to kill different cancer cells.
“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,” was put up on NIDA’s Web site.
The process started from a revision on its official Web site that is titled “DrugFacts: Is Marijuana Medicine?” adhering to a cannabinoids-focused research that was done by a group of scientist over at St. George University in London.
Dr. Wai Liu, who was leading the research, discovered that cannabinoids, the six non-hallucinogenic chemicals found in marijuana, posses anti- cancer properties that could battle specific types of tumors. It has also identified that the two common cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which can lower the aggressive behavior of cancer cells as well as turn cancer cells into radiation susceptible cells.
The research team at NIDA also stated that they’re currently going through the process of clinical trials and preclinical research on the effects of cannabis on various illnesses. These include mental disorders, substance use related disorder, seizures, pain, inflammation and autoimmune diseases that consist of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, HIV and AIDS.
The admission of the government supported group came after the release of a statement from the Department of Justice that it will carry on to prosecute medical marijuana cases.
Though several officials were opposed to the idea, saying that the justice system is going against congress and breaking existing laws on medical marijuana.
“The statement comes as the agency continues to target people who are complying with their state medical marijuana law. This insubordination is occurring despite the fact that members of Congress in both parties were clear that their intent with the amendment was to protect medical marijuana patients and providers from federal prosecution and forfeiture,” stated Bill Pipper, Drug Policy Alliance director of National Affairs, who is one of the author’s at the Huffington Post; rebuking the justice department’s statement.