“This week, a review in The Daily Beast looks at the overwhelming number of studies that cite marijuana as a potential cancer treatment. While many people accept pot might be useful in counteracting the side effects of traditional cancer treatment (chemo) and cancer symptoms, they don’t realize it can actually have effects on the cancer cells themselves.
Martin A. Lee points out that a researcher in Spain, Christina Sanchez, was doing research on cell metabolism. She was using brain tumor cells, because they multiply at a fast rate, when she noticed something—every time they came in contact with THC, the cancer cells died.
This was only the tip of the iceberg. Many others have followed in Sanchez’s footsteps, researching how the cannabinoids in marijuana can affect the growth of tumors.
Another Spanish study looked at how THC affected patients with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor. In all nine patients who had pure THC injected via catheters into the tumors, the tumor growth was significantly reduced. These patients had not responded to other forms of treatment.
At Harvard University, scientists found similar promising results with lung cancer, saying it slowed tumor growth and “significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread.” Even better—it did all of this without harming healthy cells.
Similar results have been found in breast cancer patients as well—where it destroys malignant cells and stops tumor growth completely.
“Cannabidiol offers hope of a non-toxic therapy that could treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the painful side effects of chemotherapy,” says Dr. Sean McAllister from the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. McAllister has been studying cannabinoid compounds in cancer treatment for a decade.
Interestingly, he has found that when used in conjunction with traditional anti-cancer treatments, the cannabidiol not only multiplies the impact of the traditional cancer treatment methods, but cuts the dosage needed for maximum effect—reducing some of the toxic effects of chemo.
So why don’t we hear about these studies in the mainstream? Because the government is committed to their Drug War. They’ve invested billions and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. To recognize marijuana as a potential treatment for cancer would bring their lies about its danger crashing down around them. They are even reluctant to remove it from the list of Schedule I substances—a list containing drugs that have no medicinal value—a list marijuana obviously has no place on.
Until the medical community begins to embrace studies like these and until the people of this country stand up to the federal government, we can expect more of the same—more arrests and more drug raids. State and local laws designed to decriminalize pot possession, legalize medical marijuana, and legalize marijuana in general are a step in the right direction.”