Background:India has a rich heritage on traditional medicines (TM), also used in many other countries. Indian Ayurveda has vast resources of medicinal plants and huge repositories of knowledge. India fully supports the implementation of traditional medicine resolution and will help other countries to implement. The Delhi declaration on traditional medicine Feb, 2013 among the Health ministers of all the South Asian nations is widely adopted and supported. India made a strong intervention for benefit of TM at the World Health Assembly in May 2014.
Cannabis use for medicinal purposes dates back at least 3,000 years1-5.The earliest known reports regarding the sacred status of cannabis in India and Nepal come from the Atharva Veda estimated to have been written sometime around 2000–1400 BC6-7. There is ample evidence of its use in Hebrew Bible, China and Africa.8-9
Though the South African National Cannabis Working Group prepared a very nice Position paper in 2013, it's a pity that very few human trials have been done in use of Cannabinoids in oncology.
The 24th Annual International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium at Lago Maggiore, Italy, starting on June 28, 2014 has variety of sessions demonstrating cannabis' usefulness.
Aim: To collect anecdotal records about medical use of cannabinoid and lay foundation for more clinical trials.
Methods: 40 anecdotal records about cannabinoid use in various cancers were collected from different sources around the world.
Results:All the records involving cancers of Oral, Breast, Lung, Gliomas, Liver, Pancreas and Prostate had promising results.
Conclusions: Cannabinoids have many beneficial effects.10-12
Urgent awareness is needed amongst oncologists to have more clinical trials in this area.13-14 This will pave the way for inclusion of this very useful phytochemical-rich whole plant botanical extract into the oncological pharmacy. More effective treatment and palliative support to the patient can be made available with much lesser cost.