The NIH and the NCI

The National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Both are U.S. government agencies. The cancer section being a subset of the other. Er, somethin’ like that.

They’re saying cannabis is medicine, man. No. Really. Sweet, huh?

Originally the NCI site had read:

“…in the practice of  integrative oncology, the health care professional may recommend medicinal cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.”

And then, undoubtedly, someone freaked out. After about a week and a half the text was changed to:

“The potential benefits of  cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation and improved sleep. Though no relevent surveys of practice patterns exist, it appears that physicians caring for cancer patients who prescribe medicinal cannabis predominately do so for symptom management.”

And there’s a preceding reference  having to do with the FDA. Here, read it for yourself –


I’d guess the NCI first stated that cannabis could well be an antitumor agent because they know damned well the evidence is overwhelming. You can’t have that though, right? I mean, that would suggest that cannabis could… well, without the FDA and the current scheduling of cannabis under the Controlled Substance Act… (imagine warning bells going off at the DEA, NIDA, et al).

But wait! All is not lost!

So then, does the NCI admit that physicians recommend cannabis for palliative or symptomatic care? Like, like, LIKE MEDICINE!

This is more than the inch in the mile folks. It’s a a few feet. The original verbage would have been yards, but I’ll take the few feet.

Science can be slow, but it’s always chipping away – little-by-little.


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