Since the mid-1970s, medical scientists have already known for cannabinoid compounds and their abilities on a treatment of cancer and cancerous cells. Certainly, there are far more studies since the 70’s and today, we can finally identify the mechanism of action for cannabinoid therapy in its cure. As cannabis falls within a grey area of legality, it hasn’t been endorsed like other medicines by pharmaceutical companies. The limited channel provided in promoting its benefits means that many of the public are skeptical and unaware of its advantages. Chemotherapy has been the only recommended treatment when someone is diagnosed with cancer, yet on a global scale, we are anticipating a global shift in the years to come.
Laboratory tests conducted in 2008 by a group of scientists formed as a joint research effort between the countries Spain, France and Italy, and published in The Journal Of Clinical Investigation, revealed how the active ingredient in cannabis, (tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, functions providing “a potential” cure for brain cancer by inducing human glioma cell death. This cell death is done through stimulation of autophagy.
For those of you, unfamiliar with the terminology, autophagy is Autophagy is a physiological process in the body responsible for the destruction of cells in the body. Autophagy helps the body to maintain homeostasis by protein degradation and by the turnover of the destroyed cell organelles so that new cells can form. This study also revealed that via the same biochemical process THC could halt a multitude of cancer types, affecting multiple cells in the body.
There are other studies published that show how cannabinoids work by various mechanisms. Some inhibit cell growth, induce cell death, and inhibit tumor metastasis.
While cannabinoids effectively target and kill cancerous cells, they do not affect healthy, normal cells. They also may potentially protect healthy cells against cellular death. Moreover, cannabinoids are also researched for an ability to modulate pain and inflammation as they bind to special receptors in the brain, much like opioid derivatives that are commonly prescribed today.
Further evidence to support the effects of cannabis extract on malignant cancer cells comes from the real life experience of individuals who have successfully overcome cancer by using cannabis oil. Examples include a patient, who managed to cure completely his skin cancer by directly applying cannabis oil onto the affected areas of the skin, as well as another, who recovered from a severe head injury with the aid of hemp oil.
One of the cannabinoids that have very impressive medical properties is cannabidiol or CBD. Cannabidiol unlike THC is a non-psychoactive compound. It is regarded by some as the medical discovery of the 21st century. Research indicates that CBD can relieve convulsions, reduce inflammation, lower anxiety and suppress nausea while also inhibiting cancer development. Also, CBD has exhibited neuroprotective properties, reducing symptoms of dystonia and proving just as effective as regular antipsychotics in the treatment of schizophrenia.
What stands out is that from the vast amount of research and data available, as well as the personal experiences of cancer survivors, is that no chemotherapy currently being used medically can match the non-toxic anti-carcinogenic and anti-tumorigenic effects of these natural plant compounds.
This blog is a summary of information from the following references and is meant for educational purposes only. It contains a mixture of anecdotal and pre-clinical data and is in no way intended to be used to diagnose, prescribe or treat any condition of the body. This information should not be used as a substitute for proper medical counselling with a medical professional.