God or mother nature probably created everything on earth for a good reason to continue the flow of life. Unfortunately we humans are always the main culprits to make wrong use of things that we got from mother nature. The plant cannabis had always been used by man as a substance abuse drug and so many crimes have taken place in relation to its abuse and farming.
Now at the dawn of 21st century we are getting the clues about the good side of these substance abusing agents. Already opium’s goodness is established in decreasing pain in terminally ill cancer patients etc. Recently US government confirmed that cannabinoid a component of cannabis can kill cancer cells in mice and rats, however there effectiveness on human cancer cells are yet to be proven. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean cancer patients should start taking cannabis. You need to wait with time until some definite info in this regard becomes available.
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The US government has confirmed that cannabis can kill cancer cells after the drug did so in tests on mice and rats, according to the National Cancer Institute.
The development will provide further ammunition for pro-legalisation campaigners.
On its website The National Cancer Institute, part of the US department of health, said: “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 tumour growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumours to grow.”
The studies in rodents show that cannabinoids may reduce the risk of colon, liver and breast cancer, and could make chemotherapy more effective.
But researchers added: “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.”
In many US states where cannabis is already legal for medicinal use, cancer patients have long been using the drug to ease pain.
The Cancer Research charity reacted cautiously, saying there was no evidence of a similar effect in humans.