There has been so much chatter surrounding cannabis as an effective treatment for cancer that reputable organizations have had to address its potential effects on their websites, as well as in certain informational literature. Cannabis has essentially made a quick cameo in such informative literature because you, the public are so interested in the possibilities and what the ‘officials’ have to say regarding them. Normally, research institutes will admit that some promising research exists but that further studies will need to be conducted in order to maintain public safety. Yet, we’d assume that once cannabis-efficacy against cancer is proven, we’d hear about this scientific breakthrough all over the place, right? Wrong.
Case in point
Nothing illustrates the deafening silence more than the National Cancer Institute quietly disclosing that cannabis is an effective tool in cancer treatment. Here’s what was recently added to their website,
Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
The section goes on to cite numerous studies to back up this claim, which also note that cannabinoids increase the efficiency of traditional cancer treatments.
Mind us, there’s lots of anecdotal evidence out there from people who claim to have cured their cancer by using cannabis oil. It’s tough to tell whether such claims are exaggerated or may leave out key information.
But what we do know is that even the most limited scientific research seems to lean in a positive cannabis-cancer direction, which should fuel the excitement of the powers that be to deschedule marijuana and test it until the cows come home.
Who’s to blame?
The federal government, the prison-industrial complex, and Big Pharma. Let’s be honest here, when it comes to weed these ‘independent’ organizations all work as one. Cannabis crimes make up the large majority of drug arrests, while pharmaceutical companies rake in billions of dollars in profits for cancer treatment in the U.S. alone.
Descheduling marijuana would mean that citizens could potentially grow not only a cancer treatment in their backyard, but they could also treat a host of ailments, bypassing pharmaceuticals almost entirely.
The real crime
Is to deny patients in non-medical states access to a plant that could, at a minimum, alleviate the unbearable symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy and at most, either prolong or save lives.
Our leadership chose profits and politics over people a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop fighting to cure a disease that takes more than 8 million lives each year.