TetraHydroCannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive compound of cannabis, eliminates tumor cells, but does not harm the healthy ones, said in 1998 Christina Sanchez, who is a molecular biologist from the Compultense University in Madrid.
She came to the discovery that when the tumor cells are exposed to THC, they stop multiplying and proliferating, and they also destroy themselves. This was proven in both, animal studies and lab tests.
According to a study from Harvard from 2007, which is the most comprehensive study on the potential of THC released till present day, THC succeeded in reducing the growth of lung cancer in half in mice and also reduced the cancer lesions.
Cannabinoids are chemical components of Cannabis, and they create pharmacologic effects, especially in the immune system and central nervous system by activating specific receptors which are found throughout the body. Nabilone and dronabinol are FDA approved drugs and they can be found on the market. These drugs are used for treating the side-effects which are related to cancer.
Cannabinoids get incorporated into the human body when consumed or inhaled. The natural endocannabinoid system of the body is responsible for regulating a number of biological functions, like reproduction, motor behavior, food intake and appetite among others. As a consequence, the tumor cells enter a state of apoptosis, and they self-destruct.
According to Sanchez there are various ways to eliminate cancer cells, but the treatment with cannabinoid is a clean way, the cells die by self-destruction. The biggest advantage of cannabinoids is that they target the tumor cells, and do not harm in any way the healthy, normal cells. This is a great advantage, since standard chemotherapy targets all of the cells. She continues and wonders why cannabis is under Schedule I, since it is pretty much obvious that its therapeutic potential is quite big.
The federal government admitted that certain cancer cells can be killed by cannabis. They made this groundbreaking and unexpected declaration in a recent update about medical marijuana, which was given to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The NIDA announced that animal studies have proven that marijuana is able to destroy certain cancer cells and decrease the size of others.
According to the evidence of an animal study, extracts from whole-plant marijuana are able to reduce brain tumor, which is considered to be the most serious. Moreover, according to research, these extracts can increase the effects of radiation.
Via Organic Healthy
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