U.S. NIDA Revises Its Stance on Marijuana’s Medical Use
April 16th, 2015
Policy, Top News
The U.S. National Institute of Drug Abuse revised its publication on marijuana, admitting that it offers benefits to some cancer patients.
According to the report, “recent animal studies have shown that marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others … Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumors … Research in mice shows that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”
The report also cites a number of other areas scientists are evaluating the drug’s efficacy, such as autoimmune diseases, like HIV/AIDS and Multiple Sclerosis, as well as inflammation, pain, seizures, substance use disorders, and mental disorders. The FDA has already approved THC-based medications that are designed to increase appetite and reduce nausea for cancer patients and other serious diseases.
The NIDA is a scientific, not a policy-making, agency, which means that its role is simply to conduct and support scientific research on drugs and drug abuse and then advise policymakers. Ultimately, the change in its stance on medical marijuana could pave the way toward more pro-marijuana recommendations to lawmakers – at least when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana everywhere.
The move comes shortly after the federal government quietly ended its prohibition of medical marijuana in a 1,600-page federal spending measure. Under that provision, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. These dynamics all but pave the way for states to implement increasingly-supported medical marijuana programs.
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