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Cancer is a set of diseases that affects nearly everyone in some way throughout their life. Although there are many manifestations of cancer, it is characterized by an abnormal proliferation of defective cells and their ability to spread to distant parts of the body.
While some cancers are extremely responsive to chemotherapy, in many cases the best hope patients have is just extending their lives. There is rapidly growing evidence that cannabinoids possess amazing anti-cancer properties.
Compounds like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) have been shown to inhibit a wide variety of cancers through numerous mechanisms. For example, THC can bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors on the surface of cancer cells and initiate apoptosis, the process of programmed cell death.
Other cannabinoids like cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), and even the raw forms of THC and CBD (THCA and CBDA) can inhibit many forms of cancers.
In addition to directly killing cancer cells, cannabinoids also prevent their proliferation, invasion into local tissues, and metastasis to distant tissues. Also importantly, cannabinoids can stop the formation of new blood vessels to tumors, which can help limit their growth.
The importance of synergy between various cannabinoids has been formally demonstrated in numerous studies. CBD and THC work very well together to inhibit proliferation of and induce apoptosis in glioblastoma cells. Furthermore, cannabinoids also synergistically enhance the anti-cancer effects of traditional therapies.
A recent study showed that THC and CBD sensitized cancer cells to radiation therapy. Given the potent ability of cannabis to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, many patients find that adding cannabis extracts to traditional therapy improves the overall quality of their treatment.Below are a few studies indicating the ability of cannabinoids to fight some of the most aggressive types of cancers.
- THC induces apoptosis in pancreatic cancer cells and reduces tumor growth in animals
- CBD inhibits prostate and colon cancer cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in both types of cancer.
- Numerous non-psychotropic cannabinoids work independently and together to inhibit leukemia.
- THC induces apoptosis in rhabdomyosarcoma cells.
Cancer affects people of all ages, but there are some forms of the disease that are predominantly or almost exclusively diagnosed in children.
- Leukemias are the most common childhood cancers, accounting for about 30% of all cases.
- Brain tumors are the second most common.
- Cannabis offers potential as a treatment for both the side effects of conventional therapy and the cancer itself.
A March 2015 article by Dr. Donald Abrams and Dr. Manuel Guzmán described cannabinoids as having benefit for cancer-related pain and nausea; in fact, research going back to 1975 has shown antiemetic properties of tetrahydrocannabinol.
Many studies have shown the anti-cancer effects of cannabinoids against various forms of leukemia and brain cancer. THC and CBD can induce programmed cell death in a variety of leukemic cancer cell lines. Both cannabinoids can also kill glioma cells as well as inhibit the formation of blood vessels to tumors.
Since young children are especially susceptible to the damage from cancer and the required chemotherapy, using cannabis extracts to potentially decrease the amount of chemotherapy is promising. Cannabinoids have been shown to work synergistically with conventional treatment, such as with radiation for brain tumors.
Although many people are rightfully concerned about potential psychoactivity in children, such effects can usually be avoided through the proper dosing of THC-rich extracts and concurrent use of CBD-rich extracts. In general, the psychoactivity of THC is on par or even easier to tolerate than that caused by opiate medications, which are regularly prescribed to child cancer patients.