A team of researchers appointed by the United States government has unwittingly discovered that cannabis can actually kill cancer cells.
The investigative study was executed by a research group at St. George’s University of London and found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) weakened cancer cells and made them more susceptible to radiation therapy.
The research, which was published in 2014 in the medical journal Molecular Cancer Therapies, found “dramatic reductions” in deadly types of brain cancer where cannabinoids were used in conjunction with radiation treatment.
“We’ve shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults,” wrote lead researcher Dr. Wai Liu, in an op-ed for The Washington Post.“The results are promising… it could provide a way of breaking through glioma [tumors] and saving more lives.”
“Recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others,” the NIDA report said. “Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana 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.”
As you are most likely aware, Marijuana has been a Schedule I drug in the eyes of the federal government since 1970 with the passage of the Controlled Substances Act. This, of course, is identified that the government classifies marijuana as having a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical advantages. Looks like they may have dropped the ball with this research they hoped would prove once and for all that marijuana doesn’t impact cancer.
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