Marijuana May Fight Cancer Better Than Chemo, So Why Is It Still 'Wrong'?

Health Check 31

marijuana plantThe cure for cancer may be a ways off, but a young biologist in Madrid identified a plant with quite a bit of promise at slowing the disease. Yes, it's the very same plant that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency considers at the top of its schedule of controlled substances: Marijuana. Cristina Sanchez found that aggressive brain cancer cells died every time they were exposed to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -- the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana -- and other "cannabinoids." 

Believe it or not ... This happened back in 1998. And ever since, mounting evidence all over the globe has concurred that marijuana shows major promise for slowing cancer growth -- even going so far as to directly attack tumors -- as well as manage many cancer symptoms (nausea, pain, loss of appetite, fatigue). 

Research in 2007 even found that cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychoactive part of the plant, is a potent inhibitor of breast cancer cell proliferation, metastasis, and tumor growth. The researcher says that cannabidiol may even offer "hope of a non-toxic therapy that could treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the painful side effects of chemotherapy." 

All of that said, it's no wonder that experts are saying cannabinoids "represent a new class of anticancer drugs." But, then, WHY oh WHY then is the DEA still going after medical marijuana dispensaries and patients? Is it because Big Pharma can't synthesize, control, and patent it, and their greed is outweighing the development of natural, side-effect-free cancer treatment? Sadly, if that is the case, I wouldn't be surprised.

But thanks to this eye-opening research, I really do believe people are starting to realize that there are completely legitimate uses for medical marijuana. And given the science, even the government may soon be unable to deny it anymore.

Do you believe marijuana fights cancer and helps manage side effects?

 

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Wheep... Wheepingchree

Yes I do. As well as help manage pain from other ailments, aid in sleep & mood disorders, and various other medical reasons. And yes, it's not legal yet purely for monetary gain for pharmaceutical companies. And far too many people are blind to this & would rather non-violent people be put in prison for a harmless plant that is beneficial to our health.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

Please don't be so naive, it's still illegal because THC is SHOWN to have severe adverse effects, such as extreme paranoia. 

MeowLove MeowLove

like how alcohol can cause liver damage? thank god alcohols illegal too. 

dirti... dirtiekittie

@Emma - but that's not why it was originally blacklisted, and actually - not why it still is today.


Marijuana became illegal because the government makes more money when it is illegal, than when it is legal (or so they think). Did you know that original marijuana prohibition laws actually started with just the Exporting / Importing of it - basically, other countries didn't want to be on the hook if you're country wasn't ok with the product. Governments (not just the US) found this to be a great way to increase revenue: it would curtail trafficking which was sending money to drug runners in other countries, it would bring that 'poison' revenue to the country it was from. This is where the taxation came in. However, the government taxed it at such a high rate that it became impossible to 'legally' possess cannibis.


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dirti... dirtiekittie

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Not often mentioned in many studies, is the fact that the smear campaign against marijuana was actually also driven by William Hearst of printing fame. He knew that hemp was easy to grow, easy to maintain, and easily made into paper. This would hurt Mr. Hearst's publishing business, as he held almost a monopoly of print materials at the time. It was a smear campaign to make hemp 'evil' to the American public so that they would not be swayed to start using hemp products. Since then, the government has maintained its illegal stance, despite numerous reports of the medical benefits.


You can find tons of info and get informed. But don't be fooled. Government propaganda may not be as overt today like "Reefer Madness" of yesteryear, but that doesn't make it any less prominent in this day and age.

Pinst... Pinstripes4

THC is only proven to have long term effects on the adolescent mind, just like alcohol. Couple that with its plethora of medical benefits, it seems like a waste of time and resources, not to mention jail space, having law enforcement crack down on something that is really no worse than tobacco and booze. Slap an age restriction and tax it, and you're good to go.

nonmember avatar Nyah

i know for a fact that marijuana has medical benefits i have moderately sever scoliosis and have tryed every pain killer on the market to try and help manage the pain and nausea it causes and the only thing that has ever made the pain stop without making me lose my appetite or making the nausea worse was marijuana it made the pain stop fully made it so i could eat and i had no more nausea and was more relaxed and focused yes i had a bit of paranoia but only because i knew it was illegal to be using it

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

oh don't get me wrong dirtiekitty, i know it effectively boils down to greed that it was outlawed, but i still findamentally disagree with it being legalised. And really, pinstripes, an age restriction? because there are NO cases of underage drinking in the states? hell, in ireland the legal ddrinking age is more of a vague guideline than an actual law. While marijuana may have medical benifits, it also has serious negative effects, and until there is full research done on all long term effectts on all demographics, it shouldn't be legalised.

cocob... cocobeannns

Yes, the truth is in the facts. Alcohol causes more damage, long-term included, than marijuana does. Why is it legal? The writer answered it: because Big Pharma can't synthesize, control, and patent it, and their greed is outweighing the development of natural, side-effect-free cancer treatment.



Not to mention the millions of dollars the government makes off of convicting people who use it recreationally. It's a joke. So, you might get the munchies? Or fall asleep if you smoke? Oh, the horror! Better get those people off the streets. Nevermind the millions of people addicted to LEGAL pharmaceutical drugs for ever disorder under the sun. Those in which kill people everyday for abusing them. Their side effects are far worse than a little marijuana.

AliNo... AliNoelle

It its still illegal for the simple reason that big pharmaceutical companies will and do fight for it to remain so.

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