Can Marijuana Help Cure Cancer?

Can Marijuana Help Cure Cancer?

Despite the fact that 18 states + the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes (and Colorado & Washington state have now legalized marijuana for recreational use), there is still quite a bit of controversy surrounding it’s use.

There is a ton of literature that explains how smoking medical marijuana can help relieve severe pain, nausea, muscle spasms and seizures caused by cancer or cancer treatments.  Although many people are opposed to using marijuana for these purposes, I don’t think there’s much debate over it’s effectiveness in helping alleviate such side effects. What is concerning however is that people are resorting to buying marijuana on the black market, or EVEN the streets rather than reputable delivery companies. I would ALWAYS advise you to seek help from a doctor and go down the official medical route if you’re looking at this – you NEED to ensure you know where your marijuana is coming from.

With that said, I read an article on Medical News Today that takes the benefits of smoking pot a step further.  The article says “the treatment of cancer with cannabinoids (a chemical component found in marijuana) goes beyond the simple treatment of symptoms and side effects by exhibiting possible direct anti-tumor activities.”  Did they just say that smoking pot can kill cancer cells???  Is smoking pot a treatment option?

According to another article by Dr. Andrew Weil (renown pioneer in integrative medicine), ”Cannabiniods seem to kill tumor cells without affecting surrounding normal cells.  If these findings hold true as research progresses, cannabinoids would demonstrate a huge advantage over conventional chemotherapy agents, which too often destroy normal cells as well as cancer cells.”  Did Dr. Weil just say that smoking pot may offer advantages over traditional chemotherapy???.

Let’s also talk about that memorable segment on Fox News about claims by a father that digesting marijuana oil helped to cure his 3 year old son of brain cancer. Click here for that wild story.  And just the other day ABC News reported a story about a 7 year old girl who had leukemia.  The mother absolutely believes that taking cannabis oil pills put her daughter’s cancer into remission.  Click here for that story.

Right??? Wrong???  I have no idea… All I can say is… medical marijuana is a FASCINATING novel approach to cancer treatment.  Just for the record, I did NOT buy any for Alan to smoke or in pill format… but maybe I should have :-) .

To see if medical marijuana is legal in your state, check out these two websites ProCon.org & US Marijuana Laws.

 



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