On 16 July 2015, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) updated the FAQ on their web site, Cancer.gov, which now includes multiple facts about cannabis and its effect upon cancer cells.

Not only has cannabis been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, but a small part of the government finally seems to agree in the benefits for patients when presented with cannabis for medical use:

Chemical components of Cannabis, called cannabinoids, activate specific receptors throughout the body to producepharmacologic effects, particularly in the central nervous system and the immune system.

Oddly enough, Snopes.com claims that this same research is inconclusive. Snopes also claims that Cancer.gov only claims to have tested on animals in labs, which is clearly not true.

The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. Although few relevant surveys of practice patterns exist, it appears that physicians caring for cancer patients in the United States who recommend medicinal Cannabis do so predominantly for symptom management. A growing number of pediatric patients are seeking symptom relief with Cannabis or cannabinoid treatment, although studies are limited. The American Academy of Pediatrics has not endorsed Cannabis and cannabinoid use because of concerns about brain development.

If this is not enough to convince you, here are some extra links showing the effects of Cannabinoids on cancer cells:

Brain Cancer
www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v95/n2/abs/6603236a.html
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11479216
www.jneurosci.org/content/21/17/6475.abstract
jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/308/3/838.abstract
mct.aacrjournals.org/content/10/1/90.abstract
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1576089/
www.jci.org/articles/view/37948
cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/64/16/5617.full

Mouthand Throat Cancer
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734BreastCancer
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025276
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915267
jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/early/2006/05/25/jpet.106.105247.full.pdf+html
www.molecular-cancer.com/content/9/1/196
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22776349
cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6615.abstract
endo.endojournals.org/content/141/1/118.abstract#fn-1

Lung Cancer
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714
www.nature.com/onc/journal/v27/n3/abs/1210641a.html
Uterine,Testicular,andPancreaticCancers
www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6748.abstract

Prostate Cancer
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339795/?tool=pubmed
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963

Colorectal Cancer
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22231745
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442536
safeaccess.ca/research/pdf/MD_AndersonCancerStudy.pdf
gut.bmj.com/content/54/12/1741.abstract
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25269802/

Blood Cancer
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12091357
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594
onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.23584/abstract
molpharm.aspetjournals.org/content/70/5/1612.abstract
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/18546271/

Skin Cancer
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12511587

Liver Cancer
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304

Biliary Tract Cancer
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793

Bladder Cancer
www.medscape.com/viewarticle/803983

Breast Cancer
www.pnas.org/content/95/14/8375.full.pdf

Other Cancers
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12514108
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15313899

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