Cancer and Medical Marijuana – The FDA Loses More Credibility

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The May edition of Cancer Monthly’s e-newsletter “CancerWire” focuses on the recent statement issued by the FDA that marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States.

The FDA is getting the reputation of letting drug company representatives make decisions for the country, approving dangerous drugs, and not performing follow-up on approved drugs. Now, add to this list the fact that the FDA throws science out the window and makes decisions that have no basis in reality. This bureaucracy recently stated that “smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States...” This statement was made apparently without any research and demonstrates that the needs of cancer patients play little if any role in the decisions of this disgraceful organization.

In 1999, the government’s own prestigious Institute of Medicine looked at this issue and published a report titled: “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base.” Their conclusions included, “The accumulated data indicate a potential therapeutic value for cannabinoid drugs, particularly for symptoms such as pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation. The therapeutic effects of cannabinoids are best established for THC, which is generally one of the two most abundant of the cannabinoids in marijuana…The combination of cannabinoid drug effects (anxiety reduction, appetite stimulation, nausea reduction, and pain relief) suggests that cannabinoids would be moderately well suited for particular conditions, such as chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and AIDS wasting.”

In fact, there are literally hundreds of articles that appear in the peer reviewed medical and scientific literature that discuss marijuana’s effects in pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation.

Beyond ameliorating the side-effects of chemotherapy, research also suggests that marijuana may play a role in killing cancer cells. Recent journal articles have discussed how the chemicals in marijuana suppress or inhibit the growth of a variety of cancer cells invitro including breast cancers cells, brain cancer (glioblastoma cells), and leukemia cells…

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