Indian Oncologists Want Cannabis Legalized To Fight Cancer

"We are encouraging cultivation of tobacco that causes various types of cancer. At the other end, we are ignoring the medicinal properties of a plant that can help cancer patients."
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    Closeup of THC-filled trichomes on a Cannabis sativa leaf. (Photo/Indirectantagonist via Wikimedia Commons)

    Closeup of THC-filled trichomes on a Cannabis sativa leaf. (Photo/Indirectantagonist via Wikimedia Commons)

    Top oncologists of Bengaluru have decided to lobby with the Center to lift the ban on cannabis for medicinal purposes due to the health benefits of the drug.

    We are encouraging cultivation of tobacco that causes various types of cancer. At the other end, we are ignoring the medicinal properties of a plant that can help cancer patients. We are not even able to take up research as procurement of the plant is illegal in India, whereas oncologists in 21 states of the US are prescribing derivatives of cannabis for cancer treatment,” Dr Vishal Rao, surgical oncologist, told The Times Of India.

    Other oncologists also pointed out that cannabis prevents blood supply to a cancer tumor and India is lagging behind other countries in cannabis research, said the report.

    Apart from cannabis’ ability to fight cancer, it can greatly reduce the pain felt by patients, said a study. Researchers from the University of Oxford found that the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis doesn’t reduce the intensity of pain but makes it more bearable.

    Scientists have also found that People who smoke marijuana may have lower levels of inflammation which is linked with the risk of heart disease.

    Researchers examined data from more than 9,000 people on their history of marijuana use and their levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), one marker of inflammation that is frequently linked with people’s risk of heart disease.

    The researchers found that people who smoked pot in the last month had lower CRP levels than those who had never smoked the drug.

    The new evidence “points toward possible anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis smoking,” the researchers said in the study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

    However, the researchers remain cautious about the possible implications of their findings, as previous research on CRP levels and marijuana use in people has been scarce and the results of other studies have been inconsistent.

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      Medical Marijuana is more than a “Wonder Drug”

      Its “A Rain Forest in a single plant”

      It is a MORAL IMPERATIVE that Medical Marijuana be immediately legalized in all 50 states.

      For Cancer patients, for kids suffering from Seizures, and for so many others, safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana is a matter of life and death.

      Ask any American who’s gone through Chemotherapy who’s used it.
      There’s a great article in the July 22nd special issue of Newsweek on CANCER, titled
      “Marijuana is a Wonder Drug for when it comes to the horrors of Chemo”
      According to a 2014 poll, 82% of Oncologists felt that Medical Marijuana should be included as a treatment option.

      Ask the parents of any American kid with a seizure disorder who’s life its saved.

      They need a special kind of Marijuana oil that’s impossible to get in the 27 states that don’t have Medical Marijuana, and for their kids, its a matter of life and death.

      We need the President to cut through the red tape and take personal action on this issue right now. We need Congress to pass the CARERS act too. Americans are suffering and dying — needlessly!

      Please call the whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President have Marijuana removed from Schedule 1, You can email the President by going and clicking on “contact us”

      Call and email your Senators and Representative, and ask that they pass the CARERS act — IMMEDIATELY.

      Call and email every day, and ask everyone you know to call and email every day, and to keep calling, and keep emailing, for however long it takes, until the President, Congress or both take action.

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    • Open Minds

      The evidence is overwhelming that cannabis oil fights cancer. it is: Antiproliferative – It prevents cancer cells from reproducing; Antiangiogenic – It prevents the formation of new blood vessels needed by the tumor to grow; Antimetastatic – It prevents cancer from spreading to other organs and Apoptotic – It induces the cancerous cell to commit suicide. However, this doctor is incorrect in stating that oncologists are prescribing it in America. Regular doctors (oncologists included) are afraid to prescribe it due to legal repercussions from the US federal government. Instead we have a half baked system where certain type of “doctors” provide a “recommendation” but then the patient is on his/her own in buying cannabis oil and consuming it. However, the tide is slowly turning on this issue. India should definitely allow doctors to work with cannabis oil to help patients fighting cancer.