US Gov Acknowledges Cancer Fighting Potential Of Cannabis
There has been a lot of research into cannabis and cancer over the last few years, yet the results are very rarely heard. That has now all changed, as the official cancer advice website of the US government has been quietly updated, detailing the potential benefits of using cannabis against cancer, as well as the research that backs it up.
The website advises that “cannabinoids may be useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment,” going on to outline how it appears to block cancerous cell growth, have anti-inflammatory properties, and even relieve muscle spasms associated with MS.
It is a big move that has been covered by mainstream media, further legitimising the fight for medical cannabis across the globe. There are many governments, especially here in the EU, which deny cannabis has any proven medicinal benefits. This is another slap to their faces, highlighting their wilful ignorance and hypocrisy, as the general public becomes more informed about the true nature of cannabis.
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Despite this backing, the US government still seems reluctant to tread down the road that would see medical cannabis become legal across the nation, and likely encourage EU nations to follow suit. Sure, individual states have legalised, but the stance of the federal government is that cannabis is still illegal and dangerous.
This backward and confusing message perfectly displayed by the trends of official government research. Despite knowing that cannabis has many potentials, $1.1 billion of the $1.4 billion spent by the National Institute of Health on cannabis research focused on abuse and addiction. Only $297 million was used to explore the potential medical effects of cannabis. While this is still a large amount being spent on positive research, its comparatively small spend shows how the focus of the government is all wrong.
One thing is for certain, it is becoming harder and harder to deny that cannabis has medicinal benefits, and to keep its use prohibited will cause more and more social unrest.