Marijuana Cures Cancer—Truth or Myth?

Marijuana Cures Cancer—Truth or Myth?

For many years, people have been claiming that marijuana helps them reduce the negative effects of chemotherapy. Cannabis oil and cancer are supposed to be closely related issues. Despite the fact that the number of success stories is increasing, the mass media is not taking this whole thing seriously. However, exceptions do exist, and one of them is Dr. Sanjay Gupta who discussed Landon Riddle, a patient who suffered from pediatric leukemia, on CNN.

Right questions are the key

One of the most famous mass media reports about medical marijuana use came on March 23, 2015, when BBC news asked whether cannabis oil was able to treat such serious diseases as insomnia, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer. The following news clip opened with the footage of Sarah Amento who was fighting Stage IV breast cancer. She was a firm believer in the cannabis therapy as she knew many examples of full remission thanks to marijuana. Alastair Leithead, the correspondent of BBC, noted that marijuana had been used as an effective medicine for many centuries, and that marijuana was already legalized in the majority of states. So why not consider it as a possible course of treatment?

Is there evidence?

There are already dozens of published reports about the benefits of weed, though the government of many states still consider it a Schedule I drug. BBC reported that Great Britain’s leading cancer research group, Cancer Research UK, had a great interest in the studies related to the potential of cannabis in treating cancer. In one of their scientific articles, the group explained the mechanism by which phytocannabinoids and human endocannabinoids kill cancer cells. Dr. Christine Sanchez, a microbiologist at Compultense University in Madrid, had been examining the effects of cannabinoids for almost two decades, and she was the first to discover the anti-tumor effects of marijuana’s components.

Effects of cannabidiol

Cannabidiol is the non-psychoactive component of marijuana that has been believed to be an efficient anti-cancer agent for many centuries. Why? The reason is the ability of cannabinoids to interfere with cellular communication in tumors and to cause apoptosis, the death of cancer cells. Several studies conducted by scientists from San Francisco have also pointed out the ability of CBD to affect genes that are involved in aggressive metastasis by helping to shut down cellular growth receptors.

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