U.S. Government Says Cannabis Possibly Cures Certain Cancer, DEA Disagrees

By: Jeff Caldwell, II

If you Google “Cannabis Cancer” the very first link that pops up belongs to the National Cancer Institute, a government agency.

National Cancer Institute

After clicking on National Cancer Institute’s link, one will find many links to different scientific studies stating cannabis showed anti-tumor effects, breakthrough nausea and vomiting treatment, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety and sleep improvement.

The National Cancer Institute states on their website, “The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep.” National Cancer Institute also claims that cannabis use for medicinal purposes has existed for thousands of years.

My grandmother passed away from breast cancer when I was in 3rd grade. I loved her more than anything in the entire world. The National Cancer Institute states that cannabis destroyed breast cancer cells in mice.

The federal agency has an entire website dedicated to how cannabis may help with cancer patients.

medical marijuana

What if we Google, “Cannabis Patent?” Google is smart enough to be entrenched with the patents held within the U.S. The first link shows us the only patent associated with cannabis.

The patent is owned by The United States Of America as represented by The Department Of Health And Human Services. The patent was filed in 1999 and granted in 2003. The fee status says, “paid.” I wonder who paid for it. It must have been tax dollars.


The summary of the patent states,

“The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”

It’s a very long quote saying that cannabis can help prevent brain damage from stroke and help in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s diseases, and HIV dementia.

Furthermore, the patent also states this is an invention.

Is this really an invention? Or is it a claim for the government to withhold from the public?

The Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday reported the Food and Drug Administration stated no medicinal benefits of cannabis have been proven; therefore they will not reschedule cannabis as a Schedule II Drug and have decided to leave it as a Schedule I drug. This means the DEA views cannabis worse than cocaine and equal to heroin.


“Marijuana is the only major drug of abuse grown within the U.S. borders. The DEA is aggressively striving to halt the spread of cannabis cultivation in the United States.” – DEA.gov

Stating cannabis has no medicinal value is stating that it does not help with cancer patients when they are in pain, nauseated, vomiting, or need to eat.

Brushing over those who suffer the most is not a way to justify throwing people in jail.

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