“Laws are changing everything around us as well as the world that cannabis lives in. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues. Well then pick it back up, politics is stressful…”

National Cancer Institute on Cannabis

Recently, The National Cancer Institute just released their new findings concerning Cannabis. This report breaks down Cannabis into several different categories: General Information, History, Laboratory/Animal/Preclinical Studies, Human/Clinical Studies, Adverse Effects, Overall Level of Evidence for Cannabis and Cannabinoids. These prospective categories then delve into each of their respective categories while using scholastic research articles in order to buttress the research that they propose. Over several posts (this being the first) I plan to go through these findings by the NCI highlighting or debunking the research findings and methods.

Cannabis Medical Broken Down

Cannabis has several chemicals inside of it that the scientific community lumps together and places under Cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are technically any chemical that has phytocannabinoids or that show effects similar to that of phytocannabinoids (or C21 aromatic hydrocarbons). Many of these, as we have explored before, have an outstanding potential for treating multitudes of diseases and ailments (refer to the graph below). The National Cancer Institute themselves recognize this potential in the statement:

“The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal Cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.”

This is an outstanding change for the formal recognition of the remedial abilities of Cannabis as the NCI has this statement in their General Information section. Another important part that I lavished especially was underneath the Adverse Effects section.

Brain on Marijuana

One study done by the Department of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (The association between marijuana smoking and lung cancer: a systematic review.) set out to prove that there was a correlation between Cannabis and lung cancer. Unfortunately for the man…

“[A] systematic review assessing 19 studies that evaluated premalignant or malignant lung lesions in persons 18 years or older who inhaled marijuana concluded that observational studies failed to demonstrate statistically significant associations between marijuana inhaling and lung cancer after adjusting for tobacco use.”

Finally, a sensible research facility came to a conclusion that does not support ignorant fallacies and flaws in method in order to uphold a biased opinion! This new concession is especially important since the president Ronald Reagan paraded a study by Berkeley in the 1970’s that found ganja to be “one-and-a-half times as carcinogenic as tobacco”. That study, unlike this one, compared both the broad plant leaves of both marijuana and tobacco in order to find their carcinogenic properties. Funny thing is (as you all know) marijuana is smoked through the flowers not the broad fan leaves that are purely there in order to factory larger buds. People will say anything… stand by for part 2.