Tommy Chong’s hemp oil hype is only anecdotal so far

Tommy Chong says he has prostate cancer.

“I’ve got prostate cancer, and I’m treating it with hemp oil, with cannabis,” he told CNN’s Don Lemon. “So (legalizing marijuana) means a lot more to me than just being able to smoke a joint without being arrested.”

Chong described the cancer “as a slow stage one (that I’ve) had for a long time.” He said that he was drug free for about three years, during which time he began having prostate-related problems.

“So I know it had nothing to do with cannabis,” he said. “Cannabis is a cure.”

Tip: @Korbus (Jason Korbus) on Twitter

That hasn’t been shown to be true. More research is needed to demonstrate that cannabinoids have any effect on tumors. Interesting that he notes he has a slow stage cancer and that his symptoms are alleviated, which is very plausible, but that’s not the same as cure. The push for hemp oil and cannabis as a cure is certainly wound up in the push to legalize it.

  4 comments for “Tommy Chong’s hemp oil hype is only anecdotal so far

  1. KingMengi
    June 11, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    This seems to be a touchy subject with pro-legalization folks. I really wish less celebrities would make announcements that should be left to legitimate medical journals.

  2. LREKing
    June 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    The problem with scientific research is that, if it’s heading in the wrong direction (especially with government and corporate support), it can take decades to turn it around. People with life-threatening diseases can’t wait that long.

    Apparently there have been a few intriguing laboratory studies. But the issue is made murky because of the U.S. government’s desperate commitment to continuing to treat marijuana as a dangerous “gateway” drug. Such apparent illogic lends itself to conspiracy theories which, in turn, fuel the hopes of the desperate.

    I wish Tommy Chong all the best. He’s going to need it.

  3. David
    June 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Actually the NIH has run most of the studies I’ve seen. And as soon as legalization proponents see the results they either misinterpret them or scream that the real results were buried. I really don’t think the gov gives a rats ass. They do research with cocaine and other class one narcotics too, it doesn’t mean there is a conspiracy.

  4. LREKing
    June 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I’m not suggesting a conspiracy. I’m suggesting that continuing to conduct, after 50 years or longer, experiments meant to prove that marijuana is dangerous is bad science brought on by selective funding, and a waste of resources.

    And the NIH is, of course, a government agency.

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