According to a recent study by the National Cancer Institute (a branch of the national institutes for health), cannabis users were found to be 45% less likely to contact bladder cancer than their peers who abstained from smoking cannabis.
As part of a study conducted by NCI, 82,050 men belonging to different age groups were examined during 2002 – 2003. It is worth mentioning that their socioeconomic backgrounds were also taken into consideration while performing the study. The primary purpose behind this study was to discover the link between smoking marijuana and smoking tobacco and the risk of bladder cancer.
Given the fact that this study couldn’t show instant results, the researchers followed up 11 years later. It was found out that mere 40 percent of those surveyed has used cannabis on a fairly regular basis. On the other hand, 57% had frequently smoked tobacco. It was eventually found out that cannabis and cannabinoids may be beneficial in treating the symptoms of cancer or side effects caused as a result of cancer therapies.
However, the study cannot be considered conclusive as researchers insist on taking multiple factors into account before establishing a perfect relationship between the use of cannabis and risk of contracting cancer. Given the fact that 39.6% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, cannabis is viewed as a possible ‘cure’ to the condition.
Oncologists certainly have recommended the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of cancer. However, while the benefits of cannabis are many, the US government continues to classify it as a Schedule I drug (high potential for abuse).
A renowned Oncologist based out in San Francisco believes that while it might not be right to say that cannabis can cure cancer as a stand-alone drug, it is a well-known fact that it is an incredible medicine to help patients overcome the symptoms related to cancer treatment – vomiting, nausea, pain, depression, loss of appetite and insomnia, among others.
Research has also shown that cannabinoids may inhibit or completely stop the growth of cancer cells in the body. In addition to bladder cancer, cannabis has shown benefits in the treatment of breast, brain, liver and other kinds of cancer. In addition, one study conducted by Madrid’s Complutense University exhibited that in 33% of the rats being examined; injecting synthetic THC eliminated malignant brain tumors. On the other hand, it extended the life span of another 33% of the rats.
A lot of Oncologists in the United States and across the globe believe that cannabis cancer research has certainly shown promises but there needs to be a great deal of further research to confirm this. Also, there is absolutely no evidence that cannabis alone can cure cancer. Medical experts have always recommended cannabis alongside conventional cancer treatment such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy and scores of oral drugs.