U.S. National Cancer Institute Lists Cannabis as Potential Cancer Treatment

Most states that with legalized medical marijuana allow patients with cancer to purchase cannabis. Studies have shown that using cannabis can help deal with nausea and other side effects of chemotherapy. But now marijuana may become an even more popular treatment option thanks to the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

The NCI recently updated their website and included several medical applications and studies for cancer patients using marijuana. The NCI is the primary agency where cancer research and training is done in the United States and are part of the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Among the studies listed were multiple studies where using cannabinoids helped stop or even kill cancer cells in mice, a study where cannabinoids helped stop inflammation in the colon and prevent cancer, one showing that taking cannabidiol (CBD) helped prevent breast cancer and another where taking CBD along with chemotherapy more effectively killed cancer cells without affecting normal, healthy cells. The website also lists other applications where medical marijuana can be helpful for cancer patients, such as nausea, pain relief and depression. 

The NCI listing all these helpful applications and studies showing the effectiveness of medical marijuana seems a little weird. The NCI is a governmental agency, and federal law says that marijuana is Schedule I narcotic, which means the government says it offers no medical benefit and is highly addictive. Putting together a list of all the ways marijuana can have medical benefits completely contradicts the position of the federal government.

Apparently government employees who aren't paid to arrest drug dealers have pragmatic views about marijuana.

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