A newly published study has revealed that Cannabis can both destroy certain cancer cells and reduce the growth of others.
To some of you, this may not come as a surprise since the extracts from the plant have been known to be effective treatment for other illnesses. For the majority, this is news. In a study overseen by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – funded by the US Government – results have shown that extracts from the Cannabis can help enhance the impact of radiation therapy.
As of late, its recreational use was recently approved in the US states of Oregon and Washington, D.C. Subsequently, more states have come onboard to let people and hospitals use it as medicine.
“It has been shown that Cannabinoids [the primary compound of Cannabis] have been shown to specifically inhibit glioma [a tumour that begins in the brain or spine] growth as well as neutralize oncogenic processes [when cells turn into cancer] such as angiogenesis”, the study said.
There is greater research into the ways in which cannabis acts on the brain’s cannabinoid receptors, thus alleviating pain, restoring appetite, and, now, shrinking tumours.
Killing these cancer cells has never been more crucial, as medical science continues to peel back the layers of cannabis’ medicinal benefits.
The study further said that “Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumours.
“Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation”, the results showed.
Although the results are promising, there may be other factors that may render it ineffective with other cancer sufferers. However for now it could provide a way of breaking through cancer tumours and ultimately saving more lives.