The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a research institute funded by the U.S. government, has released their findings on medical marijuana.

The publication, revised earlier this month, says that, “recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a research institution run by the federal government, has grudgingly admitted that marijuana is capable of killing certain cancer cells.

A publication from NIDA, revised as of April 2015, states that “recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”

The fact these findings come, in effect, from the federal government, could give a boost to the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act currently in the U.S. Senate. The CARERS Act has the potential to reschedule marijuana, meaning it would no longer be listed as a controlled substance, and the Drug Enforcement Agency would no longer have jurisdiction to arrest certified patients and caregivers in states allowing medical marijuana.

“It couldn’t be any clearer that marijuana has medical value,” Marijuana Majority chairman Tom Angell told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “When even NIDA and the surgeon general are acknowledging that marijuana can help people who are suffering, it is time for the Obama administration to reschedule the drug. The attorney general can initiate that process today, and there’s no reason for him not to, especially when polling shows that such a huge majority of Americans supports medical marijuana.”

The CARERS Act is gathering support on both sides of the aisle, but there are still some spokes in the wheel. Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming claims that “Approval of medical marijuana use at this time is premature until the research is more conclusive about benefits and risk.” But, of course, a federal lift on the restriction of medical marijuana and the scientific study of medical marijuana  wouldn’t be beneficial in gathering more research on the applications of cannabis.

Dabs Mag Staff
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