The American government says cannabis can kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells but researchers remain cautious about human usage.
The confirmation followed experiments on mice and rats. According to the National Cancer Institute: “Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids (the active ingredient in cannabis) may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
“They may inhibit tumour growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumours to grow,” the Telegraph quoted the agency.
However, the research says there’s no compelling evidence as yet to suggest that it will have the same medicinal effect on patients. “At this time, there is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy” reported the Telegraph.
Despite the cautious approach, advocates for the responsible use of marijuana and medical marijuana would feel vindicated by this development. The cannabis advocates have been fighting against stigma associated with the use of marijuana which it is argued has been used for centuries for medicinal and spiritual or entheogenic purposes.
Source: National Cancer Institute