You read that correctly. It doesn’t just help with managing pain; no, marijuana kills cancer. A study by researchers at the School of Biology at Complutense University in Madrid analyzed the effects of THC on two patients with brain cancer. After just thirty days the THC was already killing cancer cells while leaving healthy cells untouched.
“These results may help to design new cancer therapies based on the use of medicines containing the active principle of marijuana and/or in the activation of autophagy,” said Guillermo Velasco, one of the researchers on the project.
But it isn’t just THC that affects cancer; Cannabidiol, or CBD, is another chemical found in cannabis. CBD actively stops mestasasis in some of the most aggressive cancers by inhibiting ID-1, the gene that causes cancer to spread to other parts of the body.
“We started by researching breast cancer,” said Desprez. “But now we’ve found that Cannabidiol works with many kinds of aggressive cancers–brain, prostate–any kind in which these high levels of ID-1 are present.”
But don’t let a few scientific research studies convince you. American Cancer Society has done their share of research into marijuana as well. “As of 2012, there are reports online suggesting that marijuana oil or “hemp” oil can cure cancer, as well as diabetes, ulcers, arthritis, migraines, insomnia, infections, and many other diseases.”
As evidence mounts more studies will be initiated and fine-tuned. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way on whether or not marijuana is a combatant of one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
Considering that this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s encouraging to know our favorite plant is doing its part to keep us alive.