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Marijuana: a Miracle Cure for Skin Cancer?

October 22, 2012

It’s been touted to be a dangerous drug. You can smoke it, drink it in your tea, and drop it on your tongue. Counter-culture advocates fight for it to be taken seriously as a legitimate medical treatment for cancer patients. The ubiquitous image of the five-finger plant can be seen on bandannas, t-shirts, rasta hats, and more.

Marijuana is indeed a controversial plant, and deemed illegal in most countries all over the world. However, what if this plant might actually be a miracle cure for skin cancer?

Recently, studies have been conducted to test the efficacy of paste derived from hemp oil and Medical Cannabis. Scientific tests have proven that cannabinoids have the ability to significantly inhibit the growth of malignant skin tumors in mice. When applied topically, cannabis does not give a psychoactive effect to the patient.

The use of Cannabis as a remedy has been in play even in ancient civilization. In ancient China, Cannabis, called (meaning”numbness”) was used as an anaesthetic, and operations were even conducted in its employ. Ancient Egyptian physicians used cannabis to treat sore eyes, and formed Cannabis suppositories to treat hemorrhage.

Many scientists are still skeptical about the touted medical benefits of Marijuana. All the rest of the world can do now is watch and wait for a verdict on the would-be miracle cure, Marijuana.

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