Well, the good thing is that many people around the world know and understand the truth about the healing powers of cannabis! Yes, this truth is starting to see the light of the day in many parts of the world.
Cannabis – Facts You Must Know:
Here’s what you need to know – well, cannabis or better known as marijuana has been used as a remedy for many centuries. Today, it is known that the reason lies in the compounds found in cannabis called cannabinoids. Some of them are psychoactive and act on the brain by changing mood or consciousness. They can be taken by mouth, inhaled, or sprayed under the tongue. The good thing is that the cannabinoids have been studied and tested in labs and clinics for relieving pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and loss of appetite.
And, you’ll be amazed when we tell you that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved two cannabinoids (dronabinol and nabilone) for the prevention or treatment of chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting. The famous molecular biologist from Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, Christina Sanchez, has been studying the molecular activity of cannabinoids for more than 10 years!
She says that the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, induces tumor cell “suicide” while leaving healthy cells alone. This is really great, right? During a study where they researched brain cancer cells for the purpose of better understanding how they function, they noticed that when exposed to THC, tumoral cells not only ceased to multiply and proliferate but destroyed themselves, both in lab tests and animal trials.
You should also know that the experts have discovered that the human body contains two specific targets for THC. The endocannabinoid system processes THC and other cannabinoids, along with containing various cannabinoid receptors throughout the body that utilize them. Well, the good thing is that this system regulates a lot of biological functions: appetite, food intake, motor behavior, reproduction, and many, many other functions. Tests done on mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids help to inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow larger.
Cannabis has great benefits in fighting nine types of cancer.
- Brain cancer
Here’s what you need to know – a recent study, published by the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, outlines how brain tumors are highly resistant to current anticancer treatments, which makes it crucial to find new therapeutic strategies aimed at improving the poor prognosis of patients suffering from this disease. Another study, published by the British Journal of Cancer published, and conducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Complutense University in Madrid, has discovered that THC and other cannabinoids inhibit tumor growth. THC was found to decrease tumor cells in two out of the nine patients, and the delivery was safe and was achieved with zero psychoactive effects.
Another, more recent, study has examined the biochemical events in both acute neuronal damage and in slowly progressive, neurodegenerative diseases. They looked at THC and found that it reduced neuronal injury in rats, and provide evidence that the cannabinoid system can protect the brain against neurodegeneration. The experts have found that cannabinoids have powerful antitumor properties. Well, they examined the effect of cannabidiol (non-psychoactive cannabinoid compound) on human glioma cell lines (Glioma is the word used to describe brain tumor). The addition of cannabidiol led to a dramatic decrease in the viability of glioma cells, the study concluded that cannabidiol was able to produce a significant antitumor activity.
- Pancreatic cancer
The powerful cannabis is also very effective in treating pancreatic cancer! Here’s what you need to know – according to a recent study, published by the American Journal of Cancer, it was determined that cannabinoid receptors are expressed in human pancreatic tumor cell lines and tumor biopsies at much higher levels than in normal pancreatic tissue. Results showed that cannabinoid administration induced apoptosis. They also reduced the growth of tumor cells, and inhibited the spreading of pancreatic tumor cells.
- Breast cancer
According to a study, conducted by group of experts at the California Pacific Medical Centre, it was determined that cannabidiol (CBD) inhibits human breast cancer cell proliferation and invasion. They also demonstrated that CBD significantly reduces tumor mass. Another study, published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, has discovered that THC as well as cannabidiol dramatically reduced breast cancer cell growth. And, you should also know that the famous Journal Molecular Cancer published a study where it was shown that THC reduced tumor growth and tumor numbers. They determined that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell proliferation, induce cancer cell apoptosis and impair tumor angiogenesis (the creation of new blood vessels), providing strong evidence for the use of cannabinoid based therapies for the management of breast cancer. Another, more recent study has revealed that cannabinoids inhibit human breast cancer cell proliferation.
- Lung cancer
Study, conducted by group of experts at the Harvard Medical Schools Experimental Medicine Department, and published by the journal Oncogene, has determined that THC inhibits epithelial growth factor induced lung cancer cell migration and more. They go on to state that THC should be explored as novel therapeutic molecules in controlling the growth and metastasis of certain lung cancers. Another, more recent, study (published by the US National Library of Medicine, investigated the role of cannabinoid receptors in lung cancer cells. And, the experts determined its effectiveness and suggested that it should be used for treatment against lung cancer cells. They also published a study by the by the Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology, from the Department of General Surgery in Germany where it was determined that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell invasion. Effects were confirmed in primary tumor cells from a lung cancer patient. Overall, data indicated that cannabinoids decrease cancer cell invasiveness.
- Liver cancer
A group of researchers have determined that THC reduces the viability of human HCC cell lines (Human hepatocellular liver carcinoma cell line) and reduced the growth.
- Blood cancer
Study, published by the US National Library of Medicine, and conducted by group of researchers at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology by Virginia Commonwealth University, has determined that cannabinoids induce apoptosis in leukemia cells. Another study has shown that cannabinoids induce growth inhibition and apoptosis in mantle cell lymphoma. The study was supported by grants from the Swedish Cancer Society, The Swedish Research Council and the Cancer Society in Stockholm. And, you’ll be amazed when we tell you that a study, published by the International Journal of Cancer, determined and illustrated that cannabinoids exert antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects in various types of cancer and in mantle cell lymphoma.
- Prostate cancer
You should also know that the experts proved the effectiveness of cannabis on prostate cancer. A recent study illustrates a decrease in prostatic cancer cells by acting through cannabinoid receptors.And another one determined that clinical testing of CBD against prostate carcinoma is a must, as cannabinoid receptor activation induces prostate carcinoma cell apoptosis (cell death).
- Oral cancer
Cannabis vs. Oral cancer- here’s what you need to know: a recent study, published by the US National Library of Medicine, has shown that cannabinoids are potent inhibitors of cellular respiration and are toxic to highly malignant oral Tumors.
- Colon cancer
A recent study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and have some potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Here’s what you need to know – well, according to a laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in human glioma cells, when given along with chemotherapy, CBD made the chemo more effective, and increased cancer cell death without harming the normal cells. Studies in mouse models of cancer showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective. You should also know that cannabis has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, antiviral properties and relieves muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family.