A brand new study shows that certain aspects of cannabis are extremely effective as anti-cancer drugs.
A number of different non-hallucinogenic cannabinoids, or compounds derived from cannabis, were tested to see if they had any anti-cancer properties, and all of the six studied showed those properties.
“This study is a critical step in unpicking the mysteries of cannabis as a source of medicine,” says Dr. Wai Lui, leader of the study. “The cannabinoids examined have minimal, if any, hallucinogenic side effects, and their properties as anti-cancer agents are promising. These agents are able to interfere with the development of cancerous cells, stopping them in their tracks and preventing them from growing.
“In some cases, by using specific dosage patterns, they can destroy cancer cells on their own,” Lui continued. “Used in combination with existing treatment, we could discover some highly effective strategies for tackling cancer. Significantly, these compounds are inexpensive to produce and making better use of their unique properties could result in much more cost effective anti-cancer drugs in future.”
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The researchers carried out their study at St. George’s, University of London, and tested the six different cannabinoids on leukemia. Researchers say that they will continue to study cannabinoids and their effective on cancer, and look at their effectiveness when combined with normal treatments.