Medical marijuana is a controversial way to treat patients but it has been seen to show great promise to treat glaucoma, pain, nausea, loss of appetite, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. The big question everyone is asking is if cannabis can help beat cancer? Even though there is an abundance of evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana on cancer patients there is virtually no clinical trials in process. Recently there has been hope for a human study to investigate cannabis’ potential therapeutic benefits, after studies on animals showed promising results on the glioma type of cancer. The scientist who carried out the study are now trying to get Crowd funding to do the study on humans and they are getting an overwhelmingly positive response from the public.
Jorge Cervantes, who is a horticulturist and medical cannabis advocate, said in a statement that donating to cannabis medical research is essential to highlight the potential of cannabinoids to treat a range of conditions. The cannabinoids are the biologically active compounds found in cannabis and they are the part of the cannabis that hold the most potential for medicine. If medical marijuana hold so much promise why does it need crowd funding? Well like heroin and LSD, marijuana remains a schedule 1 drug which means that it is either deemed to have no medical use or it is not safe for people to use. Marijuana is seen to be a schedule 1 drug in multiple places but in many places it is legal like in America where they are starting to legalise it in multiple states for the use of it for both medical and personal. Unfortunately because of the controls on drugs within this category it makes scientific research virtually impossible.
Hopefully, if this proposed trial goes ahead, we may finally see some much anticipated answers. The program is due to commence later on this year and will be carried out across 4-6 Spanish hospitals. This will involve between 30-40 glioma patients and it will be very interesting to see what the results are as there is a lot of controversy over whether marijuana should be used for medical treatments. If the results show that it helps cure cancer I do not see why it wouldn’t be legalised as it could help save so many lives! What are your thoughts on the human trail?