The secret may be out, as the US finally admits that cannabis kills cancer.
It has been an ongoing matter to get cannabis cleared to use for medical pain relief. However, now there has been an admission that cannabis can actually kill cancer cells. The admission came from a group of scientists at a university in London, who found that two of the most common chemicals, called cannabinoids, in marijuana actually made cancer cells more susceptible to treatment via radiation. The specific study detailed brain cancer in particularly vicious forms and its weakened state after exposure to these specific cannabinoids and radiation therapy. Therefore, the cannabinoids were making significant strides toward the successful eradication of cancer, while the radiation treatment alone was not making nearly as much progress.
NIDA Report Comes at Same Time as Bill to Legalize Marijuana
Both the Senate and House of Representatives both received a bill that moves to legalize marijuana, which comes coincidentally close to the report from NIDA supporting the use of cannabis to treat cancer in order to have more success with the radiation.
The bill hopes to downgrade marijuana from a Schedule 1 to a Schedule 2, which would increase the flexibility of the drug for use as medical treatment, at least in the eyes of the government. The substance cannabidiol, which is currently listed on the Controlled Substances Act, would also be removed from the list due to its lack of intoxication properties.
This would be a significant move for the federal government, which leaves people confused as to the future plans for the drug when it comes to the government. Still, it is a step worthy of celebration, if it gets through both the Senate and the House to be successfully passed.
Saving Lives Could Lead to Cannabis Law Reform
Since cannabis was made a Schedule 1 drug in 1970, cannabis reform hopefuls are taking these suggested changes as a move in the right direction. Especially since cannabis has been recognized as an asset for fighting cancerous tumors in adults and thereby saving more lives, there is a lot of hope that the drug will become legalized for those who are not medically in need as well.
The change to a Schedule 2 drug would allow for more flexibility when it comes to medical research regarding marijuana. It also is a step in the right direction for states to make their own marijuana laws, although it would not make it legal in the federal sense. It still gives a lot of potential and does acknowledge that the drug has some medical usefulness.
The biggest achievement here is that the US is agreeing with the English scientists’ findings that cannabis helps kill cancer cells. With this significant step forward, there is a lot of room to allow for future steps toward legal uses of marijuana. This is also a big change for the drug for the first time in almost five decades, which makes it worthy of note.