The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has officially concluded that marijuana extracts can kill certain cancer cells. NIDA is a U.S. federal government research institute. In other words, the U.S government knows for certain that marijuana has medicinal value, yet they don’t reclassify the drug from a Schedule I substance, which means it is classified in the same category as heroin and other drugs that actually have no medicinal value.
NIDA has recently revised a page on its website entitled “DrugFacts: Is Marijuana Medicine?” citing a recently conducted study. The website states that: “Recent animal studies have shown that marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others,” the NIDA report stated, adding that evidence from “one cell culture study suggests that purified extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumors.”
In a study published last November it was discovered that marijuana helps “dramatically reduce” the growth of new brain cancer cells.
“The benefits of the cannabis plant elements were known before but the drastic reduction of brain cancers if used with irradiation is something new and may well prove promising for patients who are in gravely serious situations with such cancers in the future,” stated the lead researcher on the project.