As research continues on the cannabis plant, it's status as a schedule 1 drug with no medical value seems absurd. In a recent report, the National Institute of Drug Abuse in the United States (NIDA) has admitted marijuana has a range of beneficial therapeutic properties for some cancer patients. The report states cannabis has been shown to kill some cancer cells and shrink the size of tumors. Studies have shown cannabis can also slow the growth of some of the most serious forms of brain tumors. Not only can it improve the quality of life for some patients, as it mitigates pain, but it also can reduce opioid and narcotic dependence. The FDA does not recognize marijuana as a medicine, but it has approved some medications with cannabinoid chemicals in them. We hope as researchers further investigate the medicinal value of cannabis, the FDA will reconsider whole-plant marijuana as a medicine.