Developments in medicinal cannabis beyond the furor around AG Sessions changing federal cannabis policy: Cannabis and cancer.

The press – national media, cannabis publications and many more – continue to cover the “blowback” from AG Sessions controversial decision to remove restrictions on possible federal interference with state programs. We’ve been on and will stay on this important matter – e.g., with another article about it later today.

But rather than sharing the literally hundreds of speculative articles out there which begin to run into each other, we don’t want to lose track of a primary reason TRUCE is all about, education on the medicinal aspects of cannabis.

E.g., one area we can increasingly have serious discussions about is cannabis’ potential not just to relieve cancer symptoms, but how it may increasingly figure into cancer treatment, at least on an adjunctive basis, and possibly more in the future.

The US’ site has growing section on cannabis. There are many interesting areas to explore here – including the FDA’s “CAM” protocols.

CAM stands for “Complementary and Alternative Medicine” – covering therapeutic and supplementary agents evaluated differently than in the prescription drug trials model we’ve discussed so often here. This is well worth any cannabis activist’s time. See in particular.

“It is important that the same scientific methods used to test conventional therapies are used to test CAM therapies. The National Cancer Institute and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) are sponsoring a number of clinical trials (research studies) to test CAM therapies for use in cancer.

Conventional approaches to cancer treatment have generally been studied for safety and effectiveness through a scientific process that includes clinical trials with large numbers of patients. Less is known about the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative methods. Few CAM therapies have been tested using demanding scientific methods.

A small number of CAM therapies that were thought to be purely alternative approaches are now being used in cancer treatment—not as cures, but as complementary therapies that may help patients feel better and recover faster.”

There’s a LOT to explore here. Did you know for example that the government now has an entire “Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” and that there is a “National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Information Service”…??

Patients and activists are advised to dig in….

#MMJ #Cancer #USpol #UTpol #UtahNext #TRUCE    

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