Cannabis cures brain cancer
A study published late last week in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal has shown cannabis aggressively fighting brain cancer and in some cases completely destroying the tumors. The clinical trials were conducted on human cancerous cells in St George’s University London, lead by Dr. Wai Liu.
Glioma is a deadly form of brain cancer. The survival rates for this disease is around ten percent due to the lack of effective treatment. In the St George’s University study, cannabinoids(a component of cannabis) have inhibited the glioma tumors and crucially stopped angiogenesis(Stopped new blood vessels being formed. Cancer tumors only develop if they can have a source of healthy blood to feed the out of control tumor growth)
The best results were seen when the cancerous cells were pretreated with the active components of cannabis, cannabidiol(CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) four hours before being given conventional radiotherapy. The cannabis extracts made the cancerous cells highly sensitive to the radiotherapy.
We have never had an answer to this kind of deadly disease before. The incredible results of this study will be tested on human patients. These trials happened because of the changing climate surrounding cannabis. As America’s war on cannabis begins to end, the medical and scientific research can begin. Cancer patients have been held hostage by president Nixons declaration of war on the cannabis plant. I can only hope that Nixon understands the damage he has done to the progress of cancer research. It is time to end the prohibition of cannabis. We need to unlock all of the health giving benefits of the plant as we struggle to deal with the devastation of cancer.