It has long been a well-known theory among various conspiracy theorists, but now the US government officially recognizes that cannabis is actually able to kill cancer cells.
On the government's official website on cancer advice, a whole section on cannabis and cannabinoids, has just been added.
The website is about advices from the country's national Cancer Institute and says: "Cannabinoids may be useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. 'either by smoking it, eating it in pastries, drinking it in tea or by spraying it on the tongue."
"Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.", says the website.
The info page also describes how cancer cells in experimental mice were killed when they were exposed to cannabis. As examples of the drug's healing effect, the Cancer Institute even mentions that marijuana may seem anti-inflammatory and can block cell growth and that it can relieve muscle contractions that many multiple sclerosis patients experience.
Currently, the use of both recreational and medicinal marijuana has been entirely legalized in the states of Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon. The cities of Portland and South Portland in Maine fully legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use. The District of Columbia has fully legalized recreational and medical marijuana, but recreational commercial sale is currently blocked by Congress. Twelve states have both medical marijuana and decriminalization laws.
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