Marijuana usage and public opinion on legalization has finally moved out of the parking lots of a Taco Bell (and any other horrible stereotyped dealing locations) and into the mainstream. Three states have now legalized marijuana, and 23 states offer medical marijuana, meaning that adults are free to get more stoned than an adulterer in Saudi Arabia.
But the magic leaf just got a magnificent boost after the U.S. Government, a seed in the side of marijuana for years, finally admitted that marijuana kills cancer cells. In the words of Matthew McConaughey, well alright, alright, alright.
After decades of smear campaigns and staunch resistance from the pharmaceutical industry, the federal government and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have come to the conclusion that marijuana is very effective at killing cancer cells. Moreover, it does so without endangering healthy cells like radiation and chemotherapy do. On its website, the NIH went so far as to publish the unvarnished truth about marijuana, as well as its usefulness at targeting cancer cells. One might have to be high to believe it, considering the decades of calculated propaganda that painted pot as dangerous. Of course these efforts were not aimed at saving the children, but rather to enhance the monetary and bureaucratic structure of the pharmaceutical industry and prison complex. Anyone who believes otherwise is either terminally naive, or a greedy judge looking to toss away low-level pot users at the behest of builders of prisons.
One NIH study found that delta-9-THC killed or damaged hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) as well as killed cancer molecules in “non-small cell lung and breast cancer cells.” Another study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptors showed “it caused cancer cell death while having no effect on normal, healthy breast cells.” And, as the American Cancer Society has already known, the NIH concluded that marijuana has lessened the nasty side effects associated with chemotherapy, such as decreased appetite and nausea.
In short, it finally appears as though people’s right to use marijuana, which is something that 25 million Americans have admitted to doing and that has killed fewer people than freaking ants, is coming close to an end.
Featured image via TruthandPot.com