The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the federal governmentâ€™s principal agency for cancer research and training. Recently, it updated its site to posts the known benefits of marijuana. The federal government admits to the below benefits, yet will not institute national medical marijuana laws to promote the research and use of this proven medicine. Obviously, the question arises who is stopping a serious push in Congress to do what obviously needs to be done in the publicâ€™s best interest.
Benefits acknowledged by the federal government resulting from marijuana use:
- 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.Â LaboratoryÂ andÂ animal studiesÂ have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
- A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of theÂ colonÂ and may have potential in reducing the risk ofÂ colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
- A laboratory study of delta-9-THC inÂ hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed that it damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC inÂ mouse modelsÂ of liver cancer showed that it hadÂ antitumor Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found inÂ non-small cell lung cancerÂ cells andÂ breast cancerÂ cells.
- A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) inÂ estrogen receptor positiveÂ andÂ estrogen receptor negativeÂ breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normalÂ breast Studies in mouse models ofÂ metastaticÂ breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.
- A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in humanÂ gliomaÂ cells showed that when given along withÂ chemotherapy, CBD may make chemotherapy more effective and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cells. Studies in mouse models of cancer showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such asÂ temozolomideÂ more effective.
- Many animal studies have shown that delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids stimulateÂ appetiteÂ and can increase food intake.
- Cannabinoid receptors (molecules that bind cannabinoids) have been studied in the brain,Â spinal cord, andÂ nerveÂ endings throughout the body to understand their roles in pain relief.
- Cannabinoids have been studied for anti-inflammatory effects that may play a role in pain relief.
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