The National Cancer Institute Nods to Cannabis as a Treatment for Cancer
The National Cancer Institute is a division of the US Department of Health, and this organization has begun to support cannabis as an effective treatment for cancer. For the last several decades, the medical community has used marijuana to ease the symptoms of painful cancer treatments. However, in recent studies, marijuana is being tested for its effects on the growth of tumors related to cancer. This research has been long awaited and is expected to update the way that the medical community treats cancer.
The National Cancer Institute has listed cannabis on its website as being useful in the treatment of side effects of cancer, whether through smoking, eating or even spraying it under the tongue. Cannabis is also listed as reducing the growth of tumors, and affecting the blood supply that tumors get from blood vessels. It is a big deal that this organization put information about cannabis’s medicinal properties on their website.
The informational page provided by the National Cancer Institute also shows that there are two FDA-approved medications that patients can use in their treatment. This page also contains information on experimentation conducted on mice and the reduction of tumors in their bodies. It is only the initial stages of testing, but these promising results show a real use for cannabis in the future.
This alternative medication is an exciting time in cancer treatment because cannabis provides a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Considering that marijuana has been used for years as a suppressant for chemotherapy side effects, it is only fitting that cannabis should be tried out battling actual cancer itself. It will still be a long time before human clinical trials are started, but this is a huge development for those that want to see cannabis used more frequently in mainstream medicine.