by Elizabeth Renter
Does marijuana cause cancer? Revealing the link between cannabis and cancer yet again, researchers with the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco have released findings that further bolster cannabis as an anti-cancer solution. The researchers have found a compound in the much-talked-about plant could “halt the spread” of many types of aggressive cancers, including breast cancer.
The Cannabis and Cancer Link
Cannabidiol is the compound, and while it fights cancer cells, it does not produce the high feelings commonly associated with cannabis. Instead, it seems to “switch off” the gene responsible for metastasizing breast cancer.
They reportedly found the compound doesn’t only stop the breast cancer cells from growing, but even causes them to return back to normal cells, cancer-free.
Further exemplifying the benefits of marijuana and showing the cannabis and cancer relationship, a similar study was published last year after the group found promising results in mice. Now, they say they are “on the verge” of publishing another study on animals that further expands these results.
“The preclinical trial data is very strong, and there’s no toxicity. There’s really a lot or research to move ahead with and to get people excited,” said study co-leader Dr. Sean McAllister.
The research is a long way off from developing a medication or cancer-treatment for humans, but it is another step in the right direction. They are said to be developing human trials and look forward to testing it in combination with current chemotherapies. A real measure of success, however, would be found if the natural substance could be used without traditional chemo.
As we reported just a few months ago, the effectiveness of this go-to traditional cancer treatment is highly questionable, furthering the need for a natural alternative. Scientists looking at cancer cells unexpectedly found that chemo actually damages healthy cells and causes them to release a protein that actually increases tumor growth. In addition, it makes the tumor more resistant to future treatment.
This is in addition to all of the side effects brought on by this poison—including the well-known hair loss and nausea, as well as long term cognitive dysfunction.
Other studies have been made over the past decades much like this one linking cannabis and cancer prevention: Manuel Guzman located in Madrid, Spain discovered that cannabinoids substantially inhibit the growth of tumors in a variety of lab animals. In the study he also found that not one of these tested animals endured any kind of side effects seen in many similar chemotherapy treatments. It is becoming increasingly clear that you can sidestep any of the misery associated with traditional cancer treatments and embrace the potent, effective healing powers of THC and cannabidiol (CBD).
Now we just have to cross our fingers that Big Pharma won’t stake her claim on the natural compounds, patenting them, creating perverse versions of them in a lab to bottle and affix with an exorbitant price.