Why More Cancer Patients Are Considering Medical Marijuana Treatment
When looking at the current cancer treatment plans and their risks, it’s clear why so many patients are considering medical marijuana treatment. Cancer can be a very painful process, emotionally and physically. Multiple studies have shown medical marijuana to help mentally, as well as with pain alleviation.
A team of researchers in Canada and the U.S. recently conducted a review of the science. In their report, published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review, researchers found evidence that cannabis can likely benefit people dealing with depression, social anxiety and PTSD.
Aside from medical marijuana helping treat symptoms, multiple studies have suggested it actually tohelp cure cancer.
A team of Spanish scientists led by Manuel Guzman conducted the first clinical trial assessing the antitumoral action of THC on human beings. Guzman administered pure THC via a catheter into the tumors of nine hospitalized patients with glioblastoma, who had failed to respond to standard brain-cancer therapies. The results were published in 2006 in the British Journal of Pharmacology: THC treatment was associated with significantly reduced tumor cell proliferation in every test subject.
Harvard University scientists reported that THC slows tumor growth in common lung cancer and “significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread.” What’s more, like a heat-seeking missile, THC selectively targets and destroys tumor cells while leaving healthy cells unscathed. Conventional chemotherapy drugs, by contrast, are highly toxic; they indiscriminately damage the brain and body.
What’s Happening To Cancer Cells With Medical Marijuana?
There are specific properties of cannabis that studies have to help kill cancer cells. These properties are a huge reason so many cancer patients are considering medical marijuana treatment. The ways it has shown to help cure cancer include:
- Anti-proliferative: Cancer cells grow and spread, also known as proliferate. Cannabis is anti-proliferative. Research has shown that cannabinoids inhibit cell proliferation in breast, prostate, and lung cancers.
- Anti-angiogenic: Angiogenesis is the process when tumors grow by consuming nutrients and oxygen from other parts of the body and developing new blood vessels. Cannabis compounds have shown to stop the development of blood vessels, and cut the food supply. This prevents the tumor from consuming nutrients and oxygen from other parts of the body, causing starvation.
- Apoptosis: Research is suggesting cannabis can actually kill cancer cells. THC and CBD are both showing to act as agents killing neuroblastoma cells, the most common tumors among children.
- Anti-metastatic: Metastasis occurs when cancer cells spread to other parts of the body. Studies have shown cannabis helping prevent cancer cells spreading and infecting healthy cells.