For years, science and the medical marijuana community have been at odds with one another battling over whether or not Cannabis can cure cancer. New research, however, is putting the brakes on mainstream medical science research and bringing to light the true power of nature’s wonder drug.
One of the loudest opponents of medical marijuana has always been mainstream media. Take CNN for example. They have been spouting the dangers of cannabis for many years, with one of their lead medical correspondents leading their argument. Now that new research has been released, however, the media outlet has greatly changed their tune.
A heap of preclinical studies conducted on mice and rates, in conjunction with human cells, 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,” according to the National Cancer Institute. CNN has since reported on this ground-breaking find, and come out in favor of cannabis.
Since cancer is primarily caused by abnormal cell growth, cannabis does indeed stand a chance at holding the cure to this horrible disease. Additionally, it has recently been reported that a study conducted on mice showed that these cannabinoids may also protect against inflammation of the colon, which has been linked to cancer.
Breast cancer too showed a reduction in laboratory tests. Studies conducted using cannabidiol (CBD) showed that it caused cancer cell death while having minimal to no effect on normal breast cells. Moreover, research also suggests that breast cancer tumors may be reduced in size along with their growth when CBD is introduced into estrogen receptors.
Despite the research that continually flows outward and offers realistic opportunity to cure this deadly disease, the U.S. government continues to classify cannabis as a Schedule I drug, which means they believe it has no medicinal properties whatsoever. This leaves researchers struggling to have their quest to study the plant approved of by the federal government, and it rarely happens that they do.
With more people waking up to this research, however, it is quickly becoming impossible for the government to sit idly by while millions pass away from cancer. Only time will tell if cannabis becomes a viable treatment option for the sick.