After Decades of Denial National Cancer Institute Finally Admits that “Cannabis Kills Cancer”
posted on Jan, 25 2016 @ 07:40 AM
Although still claiming, “there is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy,” the admission that “cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory,” highlights a rapidly changing perspective on medicinal cannabis treatments.
The National Cancer Institute notes the many medical studies (some still ongoing) that have shown that cannabis kills cancer cells, but these studies have been conducted in vitro and on animals, hence the lack of “enough evidence to recommend” for humans, although there is one trial listed showing the use of the cannabinoid Cannabidiol (CBD) orally to humans to treat solid tumors.
As much as I’d like to believe our federal government (and Big Pharma) are finally trying to do the right thing, I don’t. I think they are trying to use it for their own best interests — not our best interests — by keeping cannabis and all its healing properties under their complete control and direction. It still hasn’t been taken off the Schedule I for drugs with no medicinal benefits. And Big Pharma is still trying to synthesize it, knowing full well that the greatest benefits are derived from the whole plants and all its cannabinoids working together in synergy. But that’s not patentable and not controllable. Instead, as the National Cancer Institute tells us:
Cannabis and cannabinoids have been studied in clinical trials for ways to manage side effects of cancer and cancer therapies…
Not to treat cancer… not to kill cancer…. not as a primary cancer treatment… but just to “manage” the side effects of cancer and (especially) Big Pharma’s and Big Med’s cancer therapies, like radiation and chemotherapy. And some of it borders on fraud. For example:
“Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors,” the NIDA said. “Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”
Maybe I’m reading this wrong, but this ^^^ makes no sense to me. Radiation kills ALL cells, including cancer cells. Cannabis only kills cancer cells, NOT healthy cells. Cannabis doesn’t need radiation to be effective. If cannabis aids radiation, it’s because cannabis is a superior healing product.
But cannabis cannot be patented. At least not alone. Radiation treatments can be patented. As can a treatment process that includes cannabis. So if Big Pharma can show that their radiation treatments work better with cannabis, they can patent that process. It doesn’t matter if cannabis would work better alone. They don’t have to prove that. They don’t even have to do what is in our best interests. And non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses allow them to keep any such knowledge secret. They don’t have to tell us.
This is the second time I’ve seen this play in action. The first time was when we were told that colloidal silver makes antibiotics more effective.. Well, sincecolloidal silver is a powerful NATURAL antibiotic in and of itself, I would expect that it would improve treatment with prescription antibiotics. It’s also quite possible that colloidal silver is simply a superior healing agent that performs better than prescription antibiotics to begin with. But as long as the patent laws are what they are, they don’t have to tell us that.
And it was for many of the same reasons that Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers were reluctant to even include patent laws in the Constitution, and tried to limit their application and issuance. They knew that patent laws could be and would be abused to serve the best interests of the few at the expense of the many, denying people their natural rights to the fruits of the earth and the wonders of nature…. including — nay! especially!!! — those that can save our lives. But that’s a whole ‘nother thread!