Marijuana is making a big splash in the world of medicine.
Cannabis is recognized as an effective medical treatment option.
Everyday more and more nations legalize marijuana for medical use.
Patients aren’t just using it to take the sting out of their diagnosis.
It’s actually a proven disease fighting substance. Check out six disease areas where cannabinoids—major components of cannabis—are being used to improve treatment options.
1. Brain-Related Diseases
One study determined that—in the rat model—THC effectively protected the brain from excitotoxicity or the “biochemical events” that occur during progressive neurodegeneration. This research shows promise for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, and other cognitive impairments. The way cannabinoids like THC function within the brain might help reduce common cognitive aliments of old age.
2. Brain Tumors
The British Journal of Cancer found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) inhibits the growth of cancerous tumors. Scientists in this study also found a way to deliver THC without psychoactive effects. Another article demonstrates the effect of a non-psychoactive compound component of cannabis (cannabidiol or CBD) on the viability of glioma cells. Glioma cells are cancer cells that form in the brain or spine. The study determined that CBD effectively created antitumor activity, thwarting the growth of glioma cells.
3. Breast Cancer
Cannabidiol or CBD can also effectively reduce the size and spread of breast cancer cells. A 2001 study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment showed that CBD inhibits the proliferation and infiltration of breast cancer. This wasn’t a clinical study, however, it paves the way for further research. It’s important to note that scientists aren’t looking at smoking marijuana to cure breast cancer. Their mission is to use the non-toxic compounds in pot to create a treatment that can prevent cancer from metastasizing.
4. Lung Cancer
Another study related to the cancer curing properties of THC was published in 2008 in Oncogene. The analysis of current studies and tumor samples from THC-treated animals uncovered the “antiproliferative and antiangiogenic effects of THC.” Researchers concluded that THC needs to be explored as a possible treatment for the “growth and metastasis of certain lung cancers.”
5. Prostate Cancer
Marijuana might also be the cure for prostate cancer. One study recognized the ability anandamide (ANA) has to halt cancer growth. It’s also a cannabinoid receptor. The study determined that ANA had powerful “anti-proliferative and cytotoxic effects” on prostate cancer cells. The results encouraged scientists to look further into marijuana as a cancer treatment.
6. Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic tumors, according to scientists, “are among the most malignant forms of cancer.” They spread quickly and little is known about effective treatment options. There are few cases of successfully treated pancreatic cancer. An article in Cancer Research provides hope.
International researchers started a study to determine the effect of cannabinoids on pancreatic cancer. Their study indicated that cannabinoid receptors were prolific in tumor cell tissue compared to normal healthy pancreatic cells. They concluded that triggering cannabinoids in tumors leads to a reduction in tumor size. Their study doesn’t prove outright that the cannabinoid compounds of marijuana are a cancer cure, but it paves the way for new research that might make it a more popular treatment option.
Cannabis contains over 90 cannabinoids. THC is the most abundant and most frequently recognized. Many of these compounds are recognized by the medical community as important elements of current and future cancer and cognitive disease research. Marijuana is not just a recreational drug and the medically prescribed versions of it are not designed to take the mental edge of illness or eliminate pain. The component parts of pot are important medical research tools that might lead to cures for many cancers and brain-related diseases.[mks_toggle title=”sources” state=”close “]
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