More Evidence Suggests Marijuana Helpful in Cancer Treatment

One of the most oft-discussed benefits of marijuana is its use in the treatment of cancer and cancer symptoms or side effects. While most of the reports are anecdotal, more and more research is coming out showing that Cannabis sativa may be the most exciting compound in cancer medicine today. Certainly more study is needed, but the results so far are very promising.

This week, for example, NORML’s Paul Armentano wrote about a study that will be released shortly that showed marijuana inhalation could play a role in tumor regression in brain cancer patients. Armentano writes:

Investigators at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver documented the mitigation of residual tumors in two adolescent subjects who regularly inhaled cannabis. Authors determined that both subjects experienced a “clear regression” of their residual brain tumors over a three-year-period.

“Neither patient received any conventional adjuvant treatment” during this time period, investigators wrote. “The tumors regressed over the same period of time that cannabis was consumed via inhalation, raising the possibility that cannabis played a role in tumor regression.”

Researchers concluded, “Further research may be appropriate to elucidate the increasingly recognized effect of cannabis/cannabinoids on gliomas (brain cancers).”

Further research is indeed necessary if we want to find the true medical potential of this plant. Unfortunately, such study is highly discouraged by government organizations, unless the focus of that study is on the potential harms of marijuana. The scientific community, however, is very eager to explore the possibilities of cannabinoid medicine.

Interestingly, the National Cancer Institute recently added a section to their website called “Cannabis and Cannabinoids” to provide patients and researchers with information on marijuana and cancer treatment options. I’ll take that as a good sign.

(Special thanks to Paul Armentano and Sanho Tree)

27 thoughts on “More Evidence Suggests Marijuana Helpful in Cancer Treatment”

  1. “Where rights are secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” Miranda vs Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491.
    “When any court violates the clean and unambiguous language of the Constitution, a FRAUD is perpetrated and no one is bound to obey it.” State vs Sutton Minn. (147, 65 NW 262, 30 L.R.A. 630 Am. St. 459)

  2. “The Constitution is a written instrument, as such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.” South Carolina vs United States 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905).
    “Every word appears to have been weighted with the utmost deliberation and its effect to have been fully understood.” Wright vs United States, 302 U.S. 583 (1938)

  3. In a Title 42 USC 1983 it is not necessary to allege or prove that the defendents (Governement) intended to deprive plaintiff (Citizens) of their Constitutional rights or that they acted willfully, purposely, or in prusuance of a conspiracy (Constructive Fraud).
    It is sufficient to establish that the deprivation of constitutional rights or privileges was the natural consequences of the actions of the defendants acting under the color of law, irrespective of the actions whether such consequences was intended. Ury v. Santee (1969 DC Ill.)

    http://www.change.org/petitions/citizens-demand-national-debate-for-the-legalization-of-cannabis#?opt_new=t&opt_fb=t

  4. Stpmpedonmyrights sounds like a lawyer. Well maybe he can tell us how much longer we will be shit on. As far as further research goes, the more they do the more good is found in cannabis. It seems to me that it is better to stop all science and keep lying to us. BULL SHIT. LEGALIZE!!!

  5. I have a hard time believing that this doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that Big Pharma has pretty much gotten the go ahead from the DEA to create drugs from extracts of the cannabis plant.

  6. My husband is in relentless pain from Stage 4 CA & chemo.
    Also has lost MUCH weight. We are in Baltimore, close to dc.
    Any ideas on how we can get mm legally??,

  7. Rochelle, Maryland has an affirmative defense law that basically states that if you are arrested for possession, you might be able to get a greatly reduced sentence if you can prove that you were using it for medical purposes under the advice of a doctor.

    Key word: MIGHT (always talk to a lawyer FIRST, not when you are already in trouble)

    Marijuana is still illegal in any form in Maryland. They might get a medical marijuana law passed in the next couple of years, but who knows how long it will take to get into effect.

    Best bet is to move to DC, where your husband will be eligible for the mmj program once the final regulations get passed. he also has to find a DC doctor that is willing to help, and start developing an ongoing relationship with them. New Jersey and Rhode Island are other close options.

  8. Dr Oz TV show 3/29/2011

    Montel did well, Barthwell was a witch! Her answer to the question of why are cigarettes legal, while marijuana is not, was classic prohibitionist propaganda, “they just are” she said over, and over. The only killer weed is tobacco, which is heavily taxed while it kills. I was disappointed with Dr. Oz, he had a 2 faced approach to the issue. He was clearly “for” Montels’ need for medical marijuana, yet he was against the medical marijuana dispensary report from California!

    Which is it Dr. Oz, if you are in favor of Montels’ use of medical marijuana, he needs to BUY it somewhere! Oh, but he can’t in New Jersey which HAS a medical marijuana law giving the patients the right to use it, but NO WAY to GET IT! Wait, that IS Dr. Ozs’ position, let patients have the right, but NOT a place to buy it!

    Honestly, this show gave me hope when I turned it on, then sucked all of the fun out of the topic after it was over…

  9. Thats is because apparentally Dr. OZ himself is a drug cartel. He doesn’t want it legal because he knows he himself isn’t going to make anymore money off of it any longer. That goes for the rest of the poloticians as well. The constitution was written for the people not against the people. Stand together as a nation and change will come.

  10. Dr. Oz And Montell are for the same thing, The ability to buy and sell prescription drugs from big pharma, and to hell with those of us who want to grow our own. Not once did anyone support for cannabis use people over 21. It was all support for big pharma. Not untill each and every prohibitionist is voted out of office or dies, we will never be totally free. And to the world,,, Dec 17/2009, Bibles were burned by muslims, and not a word was said around the world. Three weeks after a christian burns a coran 2,000 people are killed by alkida.

  11. The only thing dangerous about cannabis is the propaganda being written about it. Considering the current embarrassing situation with the federal government and the amount of money that could be saved by ending the war on drugs, clearly something is wrong here. Criminalizing cannabis is limiting human potential. Limiting human potential is a crime against humanity. The fed’s should be tried as criminals and justice needs to be brought against them.

  12. I love how ironic it is that the dea says that thc has medical value and are letting big pharma make it into medicine. But when it comes to actually marijuana which is full of thc and cannabonoids, nope now its a dangrous schedule one drug with no medical value. Our federal government are a bunch of fucken idiots without an sort of intellect.

  13. The government allows only the University of Missouri to grow and test marijuana. Doesn’t any of this fall under the Monopoly Laws? Makes ya wanna say hhhummmmmmmmmm

  14. @Tommy
    Actually, they’re not a “bunch of fucken idiots” they know exactly what they’re doing. The “War on Drugs” and marijuana in particular is lucrative beyond belief and feeds many interconnected industries.

  15. If the federal government has a patent on cannaboids, does that mean they own our brains? If cannabis has no medical properties, why does the feds own a patent on cannabis? If cannabis cures cancer, big pharma would have to go elsewhere. We are learning more about the truths of the Federal Government Daily.

  16. My inside information, for what it may be worth, comes more as heresay than anything I have in hand. There apparently is a lab in Alabama that has been studying cannabis sativa for around 40 years. There are apparently over 400 different biological compounds in this weed. I am sure that many have made their way to big pharma and have been incorporated into medications that are patented and in current use. POT is the Golden Gooose for a lot of folks and they sure as hell do not want to let go of it even if it means that some poor bastard has his or her life ruined by the “rule of law”. When all of this comes down, and it will, there will be hell to pay and big pharma has deep pockets. Look at how many ads for Large Law Firms brokering out law suits to all takers for some drug that may have harmed them. Big Pharma (and mind you I am not saying they are all bad, there are many folks that work honestly and maintain high morals and ethics) or at least the ones that get caught and they will get caught will be implicating all that have helped them scam the general public. When that little German researcher wondered what was in “willow-bark-tea” that made it so good as an all-round medication he was able to finally isolate “acetylsalysalisalicylic acid” among many other biological compounds. Being the good chemist that he was, he found a way to eliminate the willow bark tea and produce the product that bears his name to this day, Bayer. The vast majority of modern day medicine has some history of natural organic background. If the marijuana plant had just now been discovered hiding in some far away land and known only to a small, isolated tribe of people, it would be heralded as a “miracle plant” that was going to be a solution to many forms of illness and pain releaf and perhaps play a role in the cure of cancer. It is currently being studied as a potential compound in the reversal of some forms of lung cancer. When MONEY, POWER and GREED enter the picture, it is not too hard to see the motivation behind keeping something like marijuana illegal. It has much more value to those that don’t give a damn about the rest of humanity. They will eventually all pay the price. In other words: “God will get you!” or perhaps, God will help the supporters of the MPP get you. Think about that one for a while.

  17. OOOOPS……the actual cancer that the cannabis/cannabinoids were working on gliomas (brain cancers) which makes it that much more interesting.
    Dan

  18. look up Rick simpson, canabis sativa? for cancer? hmmmm Rick has been successfully curing people first in Nova scotia then around the owrld with Canabis indica as in white Rhino, or Jack Herer with a perfect score for those who didn,t wait until the chimo had destroyed them first, we hear of lab testing this, and lab testing that….. look out to rick Simpson and you<ll see that you don,t need to be a neuro scientist to understand that a couple ounces of high grade indica oil taken orally will cure most cancers in a 3 month period, sooner if taken in larger dozes… its all out there , plus the fact that it rivals all other major industries I don,t see what people are waiting for, hemp cures and thats that now lets fight for our rights

  19. Tragically, the retrospective seems to suggest that Ted Kennedy would be alive today, had he simply substituted some high-grade hydroponic for the tanker-full of distilled booze he drank in the course of his lifetime…

  20. Why would OUR Government have US Patents on “Medically Benificial “compounds found in Cannabis,and in the same breath say “Cannabis has no Medical Benifits. Google “US.Patents on Cannabis” See for yourself that we are being hoodwinked by OUR Government

  21. My father has a brain tumor (reoccurred after surgery). I’m making him the oil (cannabis oil using cannabis indica, which is MUCH better then cannabis sativa) as we speak. Why they are using sativa is strange to me, it doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of CBD’s and CBNs and more heavy on THC than an indica. Maybe this is simply a typo?

    Also, while Rick Simpson’s oil is good, I don’t recommend that method any more. He uses caustic solvents to extract oil (chemical method). When you can simply use oils like hemp seed and coconut oil in the oven with the material at 200 degrees to extract what you need.

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