Conspiracy theorists have been saying it all along – but cannabis does apparently kill cancer cells. That’s according to the US government, which has added a page on the use of cannabis and cannabinoids to their official cancer advice website.
The National Cancer Institute, part of the US Department of Health, now advises that ‘cannabinoids may be useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment’ by smoking, eating it in baked products, drinking herbal teas or even spraying it under the tongue.
The site also lists other uses including: Anti-inflammatory activity, blocking cell growth, preventing the growth of blood vessels that supply tumours, antiviral activity and relieving muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. The information page also explains how cancer cells in mice were killed when exposed to cannabis.
Several scientific studies have suggested this in the past, and in April this year the US government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse revised their publications to suggest cannabis could shrink brain tumours by killing off cancer cells. There are now two FDA approved medications for cancer patients available in the US which contain cannabinoids. In the UK THC is in prescribed drug Sativex but is not yet considered useful on a wider basis for medical purposes. Now America has said it, perhaps Britain may follow suit soon. MORE: Police find cannabis plant and decide to get sassy on Facebook MORE: New cannabis extract lets you choose if you want to feel ‘chilled’ or ‘giggly’