The United States government has confirmed cannabis kills cancer cells. They reached this conclusion after tests done on mice and rats at the National Cancer Institute.

On its website the National Cancer Institute writes: “Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids (the active ingredient in cannabis) may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells. They may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumor to grow.”

Smoking Weed Keeps Cancer Away Says US GovernmentThe researchers at the lab say their studies show cannabinoids reduce the likelihood of developing cancerous cells along the colon, liver, and even breast cancer. The drug could also make chemotherapy treatment more effective.

However, the researchers cautioned: “At this time, 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 researcher’s reservations also got a strong support from the Cancer Research charity, which added that the research conducted was in mice and rats in a lab. The results obtained do not necessarily mean it can in human subjects.

A spokesman from the charity argued the case against human consumption of cannabis in the following way: “There isn’t enough reliable evidence to prove that cannabinoids, whether natural or synthetic, can effectively treat cancer in patients although research is ongoing around the world.”

The charity group has also cautioned patients to be on high alert on fraudsters who will be using this latest information to try and sell them weed. Be that is it may, one thing remains for sure. Those championing the legalization of cannabis in the United States and around the world are going to use this latest development to push for its legalization.

Currently, there are many US states that have legalized the use of cannabis for medicinal use only. The medicinal weed as it is mostly referred to, is used mainly by cancer patients to ease their pain.

Source: The Telegraph