Controversy on the Use of Cannabis for Cancer Therapy

Until now there has not been found a cancer treatment therapy that gives the certainty of healing. No wonder it often comes to mind in the minds of cancer patients and their closest people, to try alternative types of therapy beyond the usual therapies. In the hope of being able to cure cancer or at least extend life or life expectancy.

There are some suspected herbs (although still controversial) have the ability to help cancer patients, one of them is Cannabis.

The use of marijuana as a therapy is contradictory to common sense and norms. Because we know in general cannabis leaves are used unwisely by humans to seek pseudo pleasure without considering the bad effects. In addition, the benefits of cannabis to fight cancer until now is still confusing (not sure) even some sources claim that marijuana actually potentially cause cancer.

The perception that marijuana can help cancer recovery appears based on medical findings published in the journal American Association for Cancer Research which states that marijuana has a powerful compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC has a good indication as a cancer cell killer. In addition to the THC content, health researchers from the University of California-San Francisco also claimed that cannabinoids contain cannabinoids that have the function of helping to overcome the symptoms of side effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients such as nausea, body aches, and decreased appetite.

Rejection of Cannabis Usage as Cancer Therapy

Although marijuana was recognized to help the recovery of cancer by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which is a federal government’s main agency for cancer research and training in America, the use of marijuana is even more opposed by health observers. Because the compounds contained in cannabis give a hallucinatory effect to its users and are at risk of causing strong dependence.

Rejection of the use of marijuana is also carried out by drug oversight bodies in various countries. In the United States, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) refuses marijuana use because of the hallucinatory effect that can increase the number of traffic accidents or create anxiety in the public sphere. While in Indonesia, the prohibition of marijuana use is regulated by Law No. 35 of 2009 on narcotics.

Enforcement of this ban does not mean there is a non-supportive movement of alternative cancer treatments, but rather toward preventive policies to prevent widespread abuse of marijuana. In addition, the strict ban on the use of marijuana is also based on the function and role of marijuana as a cure for cancer that is still in the stage of research and there has been no official statement either in Indonesia or internationally that states and ensure cannabis can cure cancer.