What’s the Latest News in Cannabis and Cancer?
Several studies have already been done on cannabis and cancer, and their results are very promising. Cannabis was found to be effective against several types of cancer including breast, prostate, cervical, lung, brain, and even colorectal cancer. CBD, in particular, was found to be effective against Kaposi’ sarcoma. This is a type of skin cancer caused by herpes virus and is common in patients with HIV/AIDS.
Recent Study on Cannabis and Cancer
A recent study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology revealed that cannabis may be an effective treatment for cancer. Their study focused on THC and CBD, and it showed that these beneficial cannabinoids can:
- Induce cancer cell death.
- Prevent cancer cells from growing and developing.
- Prevent cancer cells from traveling and invading other regions of the body.
- Prevent blood vessels from growing and supplying the abnormal growths.
- Reduce chronic inflammation which worsens cancer.
- Help the immune system fight cancer cells.
- Enhance chemotherapy and, at the same time, prevent its adverse side effects.
More research and clinical studies are needed to investigate the effects of cannabinoids on cancer cells, the author of the study, Professor Burkhard Hinz, said. He is a professor at the Rostock University Medical Center in Germany.
However, according to previous studies and preclinical models already done on cannabis and cancer, cannabinoids indeed have anti-tumor and anti-cancer effects. These effects can not only prevent cancer growth but also prevent its progression as well.
Cannabis and Cancer
Cancer is the abnormal growth of cells. They continue dividing and growing until they begin to invade other normal and healthy tissues. Blood vessels also develop on these abnormal growths and begin to feed them with the nutrition they need to continue growing. These blood vessels are also one of the reasons why cancer cells can travel to other parts of the body where they will grow, invade, and spread.
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD have anti-tumor and anti-cancer effects. When they bind to the cannabinoid receptors found in these abnormal cells, they prompt cell death to begin. By inducing their cell death, their growth and development are reduced.
In addition to this, cannabinoids also have the ability to prevent blood vessels from forming and developing on the abnormal growths. Without their blood supply, progression of the abnormal growth is limited. Without these blood vessels, metastasis is reduced.
It’s also important to note that cannabinoids have the ability to control some of the symptoms associated with cancer. Their activation of the endocannabinoid system and CBD’s effects on other non-cannabinoid receptors can significantly control chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
The cannabinoids also have the potential to control the negative side effects of chemotherapy. These include nausea, vomiting, and appetite loss. Cannabinoids can inhibit nausea and vomiting since they have antiemetic properties. They can also stimulate appetite when they activate the brain regions responsible for appetite modulation.
Finally, unlike chemotherapy, the cannabinoids are known to harm only the abnormal cancer cells without damaging the healthy and normal ones. Cannabinoids are, as studies revealed, potent antioxidants that protect the healthy cells.