National Cancer Institute scrubs "anti-tumoral effect" of cannabinoids from website

You may recall last Wednesday when we pointed out this incredible paragraph on the website of the National Cancer Institute at, on their general information about medical cannabis, touting its antitumoral effects:

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.

NCI apparently got a talking to from someone, because now that page has been scrubbed of any reference to the direct antitumoral effects of cannabis:

The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. Though no relevant surveys of practice patterns exist, it appears that physicians caring for cancer patients who prescribe medicinal Cannabis predominantly do so for symptom management.

See for yourself:

148 thoughts

  1. prolly more like pharmacorp made em take it down not the fed…. well there aint too much of a difference between the 2 these days

  2. 12:46 p.m. I just got off the phone [short conversation] with Louie from the Las Vegas Colony who said this, and I quote:
    “I don’t know about all that regime change bullshit – if anyone needs a regime change it’s us!”

  3. On the same site for the NCI under Cancer Topics in the left search box check out.>>Laboratory/Animal/Preclinical Studies.I think the information provided is quite amazing.Worth reading in my opinion.

  4. I cammend NCI for telling the truth about the positive of cannabis eaten and vaporized there is only good thing of its medical benefits. I fear our government and the unconstitutional law that perpetuate these destructive laws But why bow down and chage your findings. It is time for a national debate and a public vote on theses bad laws

  5. doesnt surprise me one bit. oh its out of there now, then it never existed. our govt. can anyone see any difference between OUR GOVT and IRAQ, IRAN, SOVIET RUSSIA, or hey EGYPT or LIBIA? what happened there washington??? no more respect for them at all, THEY HAVENT EARNED IT!!!!!! thank you, a US citizen

  6. I decided to contact them and the sent me this ……
    NCI Information Specialist : We believe the information you are referring to is from a PDQ summary on cannabis and cannabinoids.
    In writing Cancer Information Summaries, PDQ Editorial Boards review current evidence. They do not make recommendations. Their work is editorially independent of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The summary on cannabis and cannabinoids does not represent a policy statement of NCI or NIH. The summary statement represents an independent review of the literature; that review is not influenced by NCI or any other federal agency.
    In light of the attention garnered by the PDQ summary statement on cannabis and cannabinoids, reviewers for the summary on the PDQ Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Editorial Board re-examined the recently posted statement and decided to change the wording, in order to clarify the meaning that the Board originally intended to convey, and to correct several possible misinterpretations.
    We do have information about rational for the specific changes that were made. I will be right back with that information.

  7. Bottom Line –
    I’ll take a puff every 5 minutes – and you take a tylenol every 5 minutes…. Let’s see who ends up in the emergency room first….
    I’d like to see the FDA or any other agency dispute the danger of cannabis compared to 99% of the crap sold over the counter @ walgreens… They cannot keep the lies a secret forever !

  8. We all need to be optimistic and be POTimistic. We need to believe in weed being legal one day. Hopefully soon. We need to be stronger in this and show more support ever! For everyone who thinks weed will never be legal it’s because your not willing to write more letters, vote on more internet polls and look past the things that make it seem illegal like greed and chuches opposing because there are ways around that. If you write back saying “Oh he’s full of it” or ” It’s never gonna be legal” while you sit there like a complete loser than you are pesimistic. I know it will become legal and I want everyone to think the same, no matter whos against it or how hard it looks to legalize weed. Heres my slogan for my optmistic views. LETS BE POTIMISTIC!!

  9. Sorry if i accidently posted it twice. It did’nt show the first one right away I think God wants everyone to be OPTIMISTIC or in my words POTIMISTIC so he made it to where I posted this twice. Lets all get out of the negtive mindset and start believing weed will be LEGALIZED and everyone will be happy.
    Allen St. Peirre,if you read this I would want the word POTIMISTIC to be used more often. I want a change badly and having a slogan like LETS BE POTIMISTIC will change peoples mindset from being negative about weed being legal to positive. This will be a major step forward. Having a positive mindset lets you acheive things in life, no matter how hard.

  10. Dose not the fact that the feds already said it and we now have proof that they said it locked into cyberspace mean anything? I would keep pushing the statement before the changes were made and make the bear the burden of proof that they were incorrect in there first statement. Don’t let them call it a typo.

  11. I just want to know what their rational thought is on why anything including cannabis should be reconsidered for treatment for something as deadly and horrible as cancer. Why is it so bad that people would decide to smoke and free themselves of pain and suffering, even if it is an illicit drug? Why should the truth be censored? Just legalize marijuana. A safer, less intense recreational drug, plus a great treatment for an array of illnesses. The people are getting more and more fed up with reefer madness and lies. Speak out evryone! We can change the law!

  12. In a world dominated by mass media, mass advertising, and mass deceit….
    The benefits of feeling happy are invaluable.
    This plant kills cancer cells.
    This plant points out how much we the people have been lied to.
    It is clearly about more than a “high”. I think we ought to call it cannabis drunk personally.
    This move by the NCI is great in my opinion, why would the government try to hide one of its lies, i.e. cannabis fights cancer.
    Real freedom now. Else you get iron and lead.

  13. I was expecting this to happen. I knew Gilly K. wouldn’t put up with the truth being posted on a .gov website.

  14. Dr. Oz Show needs Part 2.
    Why and How the Obama Administration keeps Medical Marijuana illegal.
    They didn’t want to reschedule it to a Class 3 which would have been like a speeding ticket.
    When the truth comes out, the government starts covering it up.

  15. A couple days ago, I recalled the report on marijuana Nixon commissioned.
    It came back with findings not to his liking…so he fired them all…and constituted a new committee, which miraculously came to the conclusions he liked.
    So nice living in a country…so much like the “red” ones he condemned……

  16. It’s THAT time people!
    I smell REVOLUTION in the air!!!
    I want my rights you government bastards…All of them!REVOLT! REVOLT! REVOLT!
    Revolt against Government Lies!
    Revolt against Government Corruption!!
    Revolt against Government Scoundrelism!!!
    4/20/2011 @ 4:20!!!!
    ***YES WE CAN***

  17. “….Editorial Board re-examined the recently posted statement and decided to change the wording, in order to clarify the meaning that the Board originally intended to convey….”
    This is Orwelian doublespeak.
    The list of Obamian doublespeak is growing: man caused disasters (terrorism), countering violent extreemism (war on terror), Overseas contingency operations (wars in Iraq and Afganistan), kinetic operation (war in Libya).
    And now Obama’s Drug Tzar says he wants to ban the phrase “war on drugs”. Though, I have not heard what inane phrase he plans to use instead.

  18. The GOVERNMENT should rewrite the the first three words in the CONSTITUTION from WE THE PEOPLE to WE THE FEDS because that is just the way it is when we have a TOTALITARIAN GOVERNMENT. DO AS I SAY OUR WAY OR OUR WAY PERIOD. Their are no two sides but one like a two headed coin. The facts are in but the FDA (FEDERAL DEATH AUTHORITY) are still in denial. They can support BIG PHARMA and are just worried about TAXES and not the victims of side effects of BIG PHARMA DRUGS in which SYNTHETICS are always going to battle NATURAL. Our bodies have the cannaboid receptors to accept THC so whats the problem. MARIJUANA PROHIBITION and a government to tell us what we can and can’t ingest. The DEA and the FDA go hand in hand when it comes to blocking the real truth about marijuana. Too much hand to hand creates hairy palms and a lot of friction but have a lot of our tax dollars to soothe the pain. GREED KILLS and GREED CONTROLS without MORALITY or HUMAN COMPASSION. The SERFS who pay taxes are just on the bottom of the HUMAN CHAIN. Our LOGISTICTS are being taken away for fantasy of a ORWELLIAN MENTALITY.

  19. Way to go NORML!!! So glad u guys are on top of your game, together with the great research and breakthroughs MAPS ( is giving us, there is no stopping the truth to be revealed to the masses, lets just hope the people are ready!!!!!

  20. You know, by trying to cover up their confession, they confess while doing it. Imagine tylenol being illegal, and replace marijuana with tylenol
    The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. Though no relevant surveys of practice patterns exist, it appears that physicians caring for cancer patients who prescribe medicinal Cannabis predominantly do so for symptom management.
    Doesn’t that staatement sound like a medical description for a cancer med?
    Here’s Gil: “So, the first statement said cannabis was medicine, so we cut it, and replaced it with something that said cannabis is medicine. Hmmm…..What now, guys?”
    I almost feel sorry for that man. A rock to his left, and a hard place on his right. Cheer up, Gilly. After your job is deleted from the gov’t payroll and weed is legal in stores, swing by my place and I’ll pack us a big fat bowl.

  21. Ridiculous. Utterly Ridiculous that the justice department would even waste their time prosecuting those with a recommendation.

  22. As a former National Cancer Institute official myself during the Carter administration, I was and am as upset as anyone that any statement re: cannabis/anti-tumor effects got scrubbed anywhere from the NCI site (even though it was left intact elsewhere.) HOWEVER, I remain elated and very optimistic (or is it now potimistic?) that the NCI has finally acknowledged (and still acknowledges) in detail the numerous beneficial uses of cannabis in the treatment of cancer patients. If they had listed only one medical use, it would put the lie to continuing cannabis in Schedule 1. The fact that they listed numerous beneficial uses for cancer patients ALL put the lie to Schedule 1.
    I want to commend my NCI successors in the Office of Cancer Communication for finally stating the obvious and sticking by it. As for the scrubbing of the cancer/anti-tumor statement, here is what I am sending them this morning:
    Apropos of the “scrubbing” of the NCI web-site, it is time for an open hearing on the cannabis/anti-tumor issue in Bethesda. NIH has plenty of meeting spaces large enough to hold the hundreds (thousands) of scientists who could speak to the medical benefits of cannabis, including its anti-tumor properties. The fact that the NCI has now acknowledged (and still acknowledges) on its web-site the several beneficial medical uses of cannabis with cancer patients is a major step forward and suggests some major backbone growth at NIH. It is time to extend this bravery to an open and honest review of the science regarding the anti-tumor properties of cannabis.
    The first two teams of scientists I want to hear from are Tashkin et al (UCLA) and Kelsey et al (Brown) on the preventive impact of recreational cannabis use for reducing lung and head/neck cancer incidence. (In fact, I want to get their autographs.)
    And that’s just for starters.
    Come on, NCI. Prove to us that science still matters to someone in Washington, that you folks are no longer willing to be part of the flat earth society that has dominated the medical cannabis debate. From here, it sure appears that way all of a sudden, and that is very encouraging.
    Now, NCI, let’s go the next step. Convene a conference, put the science of the past forty years on display and let’s get on with the program already.
    It’s time for science, common sense and compassion to trump senseless social control.
    It’s long past time, in fact.
    Bernard H. Ellis, Jr., MA, MPH
    (former) Program Director for Smoking and Occupational Activities
    Information Projects Branch, Office of Cancer Communication
    National Cancer Institute

  23. I served my country for 23 years in the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. I also served my country 4 years in the Air Force. As a security specialist, my right arm was ripped out of the socket forcibly backwards behind my head by a gang of over …zealous security specialists until all the ligaments and tendons were ripped apart after I had volunteered to be a mock terrorist in a training exercise. I had 2 major shoulder reconstruction surgeries and now need a third one after my 23 years working in some of the worst prisons in America including a maximum security penitentiary. One can retire after just 20 years in this dangerous job. I had 23 years Federal Law Enforcement plus 4 years military police credit. However, one must be age 50. I was just 48. I filed for workmen’s compensation, the Federal Bureau of Prisons shredded my application, called me in the next morning and removed me from my position after decades of capturing escaped inmates, responding to armed hostage stand-off’s, being assaulted, breaking up fights, helping stop riots, and decades of not knowing if I would be coming home each day. 4 months, prior, they had ordered me to a piss test and said it was random, although, we all know that it wasn’t and it was an illegal search without even reasonable suspicion, just retaliation and discrimination. When I finally got a copy of the lab results many months later, someone at the lab crossed out their earlier results of Negative and changed it to Positive and tried to say it reflected equivalent to one puff of marijuana. I was told I was fired because of this piss test taken 4 months prior and it just happened to be the day following my attempt to file for worker’s compensation. I was scheduled for an Arbitration Hearing to get my job back and thus my retirement. The Union pretended to be representing me but after stalling for 4 months, said they changed their mind, so I’d never get a hearing and time limits for other avenues of redress had all expired. I hired an attorney but the Dep’t. of Justice got to him. He’s been stalling for 2 years now. I lost all my health insurance, so I went to the Veterans Administration due to the chronic pain in my shoulder, need for surgery and stress. They immediately diagnosed me with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and put me on a year long wait for surgeons from the University of Miami to evaluate and perform my shoulder surgery. They prescribed all kinds of Pain Killers, Sleeping Pills, Stress Pills and all kinds of shit. I am still waiting. In the mean time, they denied my disability retirement also, reflecting that I had not applied for workmen’s compensation or reported injuries promptly enough. Their actions remind me of what I have read and heard about Nazi Germany. They control all the information and people to reflect whatever they want to reflect to ruin someone’s career and life’s work. I worked my way through college, graduating with high honors in the field of Criminal Justice, served our country 27 years in the worst and most dangerous of places, was crippled and thrown out without even health insurance, just months before retirement and in dire need of major surgery. I am in constant pain every day, though I hide it well. All this because they allege that I took a puff of marijuana off duty, 4 months following an illegally ordered search of my piss under threat of being fired if I don’t comply, while they falsified affadavits alleging that I admitted it, and changed lab results to reflect it. Furthermore, many inmates have died or been seriously injured due to their negligence. They closed ranks on me and through me out because I started to complain about their abuses. I would have started getting $50,000 per year starting today, for the rest of my life, if not for our Nazi Regime/government.

  24. Yes! it’s wonderful that cannabis is effective [efficacy] in cancer treatment – but – there’s over 250 other conditions that it provides efficacy for – some equally as devastating as cancer. I’ve got diabetes [which is epidemic] and there isn’t a better medication for it than cannabis. I also come [born and raised]from medicine and pharmacy – so – government’s lies do not penetrate the truth of it. I’m quite indifferent to the Justice Department’s, Health and Human Services [FDA], and Big Pharma’s daisy chain. This I know for sure – “There will always be a DEA because of hard drugs.” By the way – alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine are hard drugs compared to the non-addictive, non-toxic cannabis. “It just doesn’t make sense does it?” Maybe 4-20 @ 4:20 will make sense. BE THERE OR BE SQUARE.

  25. Its sad too see such shame the this was removed, the only reason that FDA will not look at this is because they can’t put a patent on a plant there for no money to be made and no control.

  26. If you think about the only reason doctors don’t prescribe cannabinoids for anti-tumor effects is that the prohibitionists have blocked any studies that could have made this part of modern medicine.
    Systematically thwarting the advancement of medical science is a crime against humanity.

  27. When you see the truth shrouded in the clouds.. It will take our collective breath to blow those clouds away and expose the govt and pharmecuetical, oil, timber, and cotton partners out into the light>
    Shame to all who keep this medicine from sick people.

  28. The truth will set us free. Unfortunately our goverment thinks differently. I believe if we all SPEAK UP we can do something, our forfathers left us the right to speak so lets use it!

  29. Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators for using a little marijuana. None of us would want to see our parent’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants to ease the aches and pains of growing older. It’s time to stop putting our own families in jail. It’s time to let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards

  30. Do all the states with medicinal marijuana laws have similar organizations who do indeed display the medical uses? You’ve got to outnumber the Feds in every possible way. Someone really caught hell for putting it up on the national site and got really bitched at.

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