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Federal Gov. Admits Marijuana May Kill Cancer Cells, Will Keep Prosecuting For Medical Use

| by Michael Allen

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently admitted that marijuana may kill certain types of brain cancer in studies done with animals.

It's a shocking admission from the U.S. government, which has insisted for decades that marijuana had no medicinal use.

The NIDA stated:

For instance, recent animal studies have shown that marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one cell culture study suggests that purified 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 showed that treatment with purified extracts of THC and CBD, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.

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Ironically, the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that it was going to continue to prosecute medical marijuana cases, reports the Los Angeles Times.

In 2014, researchers from St. George's University of London found that marijuana compounds and radiation resulted in the reduction of a certain type of brain tumor.

Dr. Wai Liu, one of the study's lead authors, wrote in The Conversation, "[T]umor sizes on the final day of the study were significantly smaller in these subjects compared with any of the others."

Sources: National Institute on Drug Abuse, Los Angeles Times, The Conversation
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