The Feds Finally Recognize The Anti-Cancer Potential Of Cannabis — 36 Years Too Late!

Scientific trials have for decades documented the anti-cancer properties of cannabis and its constituents. Yet it took until this week for the website of the National Institute of Cancer, a component of the U.S. government’s National Institutes of Health, to finally acknowledged the herb’s therapeutic utility for patients living with disease or suffering from the adverse side-effects of cancer treatment.
In a newly added section to the website, entitled ‘Cannabis and Cannabinoids,’ the Institute states:

Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death.”
…The potential benefits of medicinal cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.”

It’s a stunning acknowledgment, given that the NIH is a branch of the very same government that presently maintains that the cannabis plant and all of its naturally-derived components have ‘no accepted medical use.’ Yet it also begs the question: Where has the National Institute of Cancer been all these years?
After all, the anti-tumor activity of cannabinoids were initially documented in 1975! That’s right; it’s taken 36 years for the Institute to get with the program.
Hopefully it won’t take them another 36 years to demand that the Feds finally assess whether these preclinical results are replicable in human trials.

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  1. Awesome news and info that’s probably purposefully been hidden for all these yrs., for God’s sake our Gov’t would never want the masses to be healthy and happy

  2. This should automatically kick Marijuana, THC, etc from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2. Just like Cocaine. Not much difference in consequence, but it’s a start.

  3. Where have the Oncologists been all these years? With their heads up their asses…..they ALL KNEW all of this–they were playing the game—political football. Damn the truth, we want to sell you droperidol as an anti-emetic (a so-called anti-psychotic, like reglan or haloperidol.).
    They and all of organized medicine that has been silent on this for years are cowards. At least now, they begin a step toward the light of the truth.

  4. Well, maybe now their will be no more suffering. I am so excited that this information has come out in public! Lets go and help some sick people!

  5. It’s all about “The Pill.” But – even the pill isn’t as good as the natural whole plant material. Does anyone really believe that they would have come “out of the closet” unless they had something to offer in place of their humongous discovery. But! – it’s all good! Now! if we could only get rid of that tumor they call the DEA. Now that our sacrament [has] current acceptable medical use, and we know [has] no potential for abuse it must, by law, be removed from schedule I. I wonder, though, when they will come clean on the non-addictive, non-toxic, Gateway bull shit? It sure takes them a long time to tell the truth. They have so much egg on their face, one could call them “chicken face” instead of the usual chicken shit.
    Rebel with a Cause
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  6. so now what ? are they goin to put it on the market or have it medically available? or are they just sayin it prevents cancer cells but they still will not put it out there for people to have? its like tease a child with a new toy that they will never have.

  7. I have told people about how cannabis smoke will not give you cancer and may actually prevent it, but most of them just blew me off. Let them blow this off now.

  8. Why are we only finding out about this now? Has this been covered up for thirty six years? I want to know. How come more studies are not allowed by the US Government? If cannabis can be used to help in the treatment of cancer then let’s start using it. To deny medical treatments for something as serious as cancer in the name of some silly war on drugs is shear lunanacy.

  9. This is the information all of us who have fought cancer or who are fighting it now, need to get to all members of our cancerfighter team. In the medical field paradigm and protocol will only be broken down by us getting the facts to them. They are not going to go out and look for this information, especially with the resistance to it’s authenticity by the federal drug enforcement agencies who are responsible for the regulation of the legality or illegality of the cannabis plant. All shifts in ways of thinking are always met first with full resistance, then belligerent acceptence, and finally wih full acceptance. The times they are a changing !

  10. Def about time.. Let’s keep the ball rolling!
    There is too little time to be so concerned with a “drug” and it’s alleged negatives, which stem practically all the way back to the days of ‘Reefer Madness’.
    I mean, jeez.

  11. uhoh the NIH is going to get a visit from someone and probably get shut down for saying something positive about Marijuana.

  12. Ok now what? I saw last night a cop here telling us that this new type of pot is so dangers that peply are (O-D) ON IT. Then the news caster stated that pot is a gate way Drug. I guess what im saying is that it does note matter how much befitting this plant is The meda will not report it. Until we can get out of our homes and hit the street like in the east we will not see it leagle Am i saying we need to start a war with this goverment. Only if we want to get our heads bash in. So think yall what can we do to make this plant leagl now. NO MORE GAMES. iM a old man. And i am tird of what probtion has done to our country.

  13. Now, we can all go tell the DEA to shove their beliefs up their asses, where their heads have been deeply planted for years, because now a federal medical institution has countered their claim by believing cannabis has medicinal value. Not some random disease with better treatment options – like the FDA has claimed – no, no, its an admission of aid for the big problem, cancer. We win, Game Over!

  14. Some folks at the FDA and DEA need to start packing up personal belongings from their desks. Imagine how stupid they are going to appear once we start seeing some REAL science in action.

  15. This is AWESOME!! Great progress on this rough road. I do ask the question, why are we not pushing for a federal medical bill? Get your prescription from a pain management doctor, have a panel that evaluates the doctors and randomly pull patient records to evaluate and to assure they are qualified, and if they aren’t it’s at the hands of the doctor. Then just set up a plan for each patient 4 plants that they can differ growing their own to a qualified grower which would be sold and taxed. Would this not be the next step instead of all out legalization? If a federal law was enacted for medical, other states would be stupid to allow this because it will create the revenue that it could create for the states/feds. It just seems like when we’re wanting a president to consider marijuana, it’s to all out legalize. Maybe I’m wrong though.

  16. The first part of the Institute’s statement that is quoted is no longer on the page “Cannabis and Cannabinoids.”
    “Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death.”
    Does anyone have a screenshot of it?
    Possible censorship going on here….

  17. I believe it is a matter for the majority of people to see that the whole cannabis prohibition, the whole DEA “dogma” that “marijuana is a dangerous drug without accepted medical use” be exposed in its anti-scientific, deceptive nature. Cannabis is not physically addictive as it lacks the recognizable “physical withdrawal syndrome” (like opiates, or alcohol, for example); the so-called “gateway drug theory” has been proven to be nonsense by a scientific research, and was even declared “half-baked” by a recent study; drug Marinol, much touted by the DEA, is not at all the same as medicinal cannabis which, as opposed to Marinol, has over 70 active compounds interacting in therapeutic ways. Cannabis decriminalization is followed by a decrease (not an increase) in “teenage use”, as the example of Portugal clearly shows, and (with another major scare-tactic disintegrating), smoking cannabis does not increase one’s risk of lung cancer; combine all this with the violence-suppressing qualities of cannabis use, its propensity to be a “safe alternative” to alcohol/hard drugs, its remarkable medicinal properties, and then see if the DEA “dogmas” have any factual foundation and not just an empty talk that is being enforced by a version of philosophical “radical pragmatism” which basically “allows” its followers to disregard the truth in favor of, let’s say, DEA “dogma”, with such a dogma being constantly “reinforced” by a consciousness of “guilt” and “fear”. “Radical Pragmatism” was at the basis of Illinois patients being denied their medicine, because the DEA intimidated enough “law-makers” with the “non-existing entity” of a “gateway drug theory. The same way, some rogue politicos in Montana are trying to trample the will of Voters of that state by “repealing” the medical marijuana law! So, what we (and I mean, all of us) need to do is spread this scientific knowledge (along with the refutation of “dogma”), so that even for the politicians this becomes a question of either siding with fear and ignorance (which will assure one kind or “legacy”), or with science, progress and compassion, which will bring a totally different “legacy” altogether; I doubt that any of these crooks will enjoy a “legacy” of him remaining silent when the modern-day “storm-troopers” dragged a cancer-afflicted granny to jail for using medicinal cannabis. Let’s not forget to ask our politicians as well as to why they are “crying broke” and yet, at the same time keep financing the so-called “marijuana enforcement” while most of the country wants this rather harmless natural substance decriminalized altogether, and definitely legalized when it comes to its many remarkable medicinal uses.

  18. Disregard my previous comment. I made the assumption that the link would lead to a page with both quotes present. After further investigation I was able to locate the first quote on a different section of the “Cannabis and Cannabinoids” page
    Perhaps a link to the page with the first quote can be provided so as to avoid any further confusion.
    Or it could just be me hehe
    [Paul Armentano responds:
    “Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. [9-11] Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death. These compounds have been shown to induce apoptosis in glioma cells in culture and induce regression of glioma tumors in mice and rats. Cannabinoids protect normal glial cells of astroglial and oligodendroglial lineages from apoptosis mediated by the CB1 receptor. [10,11]”
    Thank You NORML for sticking up for humans and plants.

  19. Just remember this is the same Government that protects a cancer patients right to continue to smoke tobacco-yet is willing to imprison the same cancer patient for providing themselves with a cigarette that is well documented to actually help them-That’s government working for the people in action! Every citizen out there must know-The Emperor truly wears no clothes-and this lie must end.

  20. Please tell me there’s a way in which this can nullify the schedule I status of cannabis…most likely not, but along with the government’s own patent on cannabinoids as neuroprotectants ( should prove that it is incorrectly Schedule I when it should be, at the very most, Schedule II.

  21. Paul,
    Thank you for informing the world that the National Cancer Institute has finally acknowledged what researchers have known for almost forty years. Talk about cutting-edge science!!
    Although it is frustrating to know that we’ve known that cannabis possesses potent anti-cancer properties all this time while our government maintained a stony silence, it is heartening to know that at least one federal agency is sick and tired of this flat-earth nonsense, and is angered enough that medical care is sublimated to needless and senseless social control to break ranks with the rest of the reefer madness “drug worriers.”
    Your discovery was BIG NEWS yesterday at Democratic Underground, where the topic made it to the top of the “Greatest” page and stayed there for over 12 hours. Here’s a link to that very long discussion:×730217
    Thanks, as always, for your work. The sunshine of science, common sense and compassion is finally breaking through and not a minute too soon.

  22. Yea for the National Institutes for Health!
    That was ever so very bold of them, eight years After the USA government was awarded US Patent #6630507 relating to the medicinal use of cannabis, one year After the Veterans Administration okayed use of cannabis for the treatment of G.I.s, and months After the DEA opened a Big Pharma-specific loophole in the use of natural extracts of cannabis in Their prescription medications.
    Of course, application of Cannabis Sativa as a natural herbal medicine is far too dangerous a “narcotic” to be allowed to those States that decriminalize cannabis or enact Medical Marijuana programs. Too dangerous, that is, to the bottom line profits of Big Pharma and the Prohibition Prison Industrial Complex. Thank goodness that the USA has a heavily militarized jack-booted Police State LEO in the guise of the DEA to help protect the citizens of this country from themselves, and that deadly cannabis which has never killed a single individual in all of recorded history.
    The same thing could hardly be said of 90% of all the toxic witches brew concoctions that emanate from Big Pharma — most of which could be replaced by harmless cannabis. Somehow, that’s what I think that Big Pharma actually has in mind, long term — replacing their “killer” ingredients. Every public commercial that pushes Big Pharma’s patent medicines reveals disturbing “black label” details that should (Should) dissuade the public from experimenting with their snake oil “curatives”. I know that that is their commercials effects on me.
    Unfortunately, just so long as there are crony corporate special interests that stand to financially benefit from the continuation of the persecution and prohibition of Cannabis Sativa, the goal of having cannabis & hemp fully legalized, like beer or wine or even better like tomato plants, the re-legalization of cannabis and hemp will never occur. Not unlike single payer universal health care in the USA, also doomed. Follow the money.

  23. I wonder how the mass media groups missed this one! (as if it will get reported either way.)
    It seems it’s up to us to spread this news.
    And thus we shall enlighten the masses!
    It appears the information was “modified” on 3/17/2011. I wonder when it was actually added to the site.

  24. Other countries have done the research on cannabis and cancer with information from W.VA University date 1974. The USA government issues med. marijuana it self. Yet they continue to flat out lie and do criminal acts upon it’s own people.

  25. Seems like the whole rescheduling issue needs to be looked at as a botanical vs drug issue.
    Is it really appropriate in a democracy to have a plant made into a controlled substance. Now if it was a purified extract created by chemical extraction we were talking about, then perhaps a government “drug” regulator should be involved… but for a plant?

  26. HA! If it’s got $ signs attached to it they say it works wonders! Got to love Big Pharma!

  27. 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.)

  28. We’ve been in clinical tests for the past 10,000 years, lol. Cancer soared when the medical mafia and the US drug cartels (DEA/CIA) made it illegal. The data is out there, but I don’t have a PhD. so mainstream won’t look into it.

  29. it need to be designated as prevenative treatment for cancer and whatever else ..or once again someone looking to make money..growers, goverment going to make it only available to a select few..fuck them retards..its my life i should be able to put anything in my body i feel fit to as long as i’m not infringing on anyone elses rights!! USA is a crap hole to live in and they seem to do nothing but make us hated by the world..take our money..spend it on giving other countries weapons..then tell us what to do with our free time..i work 12 hrs a day, and they skim their take off the top..assholes..then they tell me what i can do with my time..if theirs anyone here from the debt from the usa and nuke the shit out of us..hell it’s terrible when all hope in the world is lost..NORML does a good job bringing awareness to the masses..but what good is awarness when the masses think that MJ should be’s my personal opinion that money will doom weed from being legal, hope we get sucks !!

  30. It is about time, the DEA finaly saw the light. Now get it out of schedule 1 and put it in Medical! Where it belongs. Takes this goverment to long to decide what should do. All though 74% of Americans all ready know that cannabis is a great med!!

  31. It has been known for years. I seriously doubt we see any action after the blatant abuse our government hands out on a daily basis ever since the 70’s. It is a freaking plant. For the love of the human race stop arresting and abusing people over it…

  32. Stompedonmyrights declares, and Genesists agree:
    The Constitution is a written document, as such, it’s meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now. So. Carolina v. United States 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905).
    When rights are secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them. Miranda v. 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 v. Sutton, Minn. (147, 65 NW 262, 30 L.R.A 630 Am. St. 459).
    Therefore – Compelling Justification, Prior Competing Governmental Interests, and the Government Supremacy Clause absolutely frustrates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. of 1993 H.R. 1308, and is regarded as Constitutionally invalid and voidable. Further – Genesists declare a “Conscience Clause” which prohibs us from obeying any law that denies us our

  33. I can’t believe I read this and the comments and the president isn’t on the news yet. Think he will apologize to us? Think Japan would be a good test sight to test hemp oil for the Cure?

  34. Wow how did big ins, and tabacco miss out on this one… How much money would they save from cancer payments? Also boys and girls think of smoking with much less side effects…. Guys come on someone ring the bell already… the FIGHT IS OVER>>>
    Have a nice day… :o)

  35. They’ve always known. They’re just now starting to collapse under the demands of their BOSS. The American public.

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