• Fri, Sep 21 2012

Another Reason To Legalize Marijuana: It Can Now Fight Cancer

The evidence on legalizing marijuana continues to mount. This time, it’s a new study that found marijuana could fight the growth of breast cancer and other types of aggressive cancer and potentially save many lives from this disease.

This finding was discovered on accident when Cristina Sanchez, a biologist at Complutense University in Madrid, was studying cell metabolism in cancer patients. Each time the brain cancer cells she was studying were exposed to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal compound in marijuana, they died–leading her, and others, to believe that pot could be a new anti-cancer drug that halts the growth of aggressive forms of cancer.

Some cancer patients have been using marijuana for years to manage the awful symptoms of this disease, including nausea, pain, loss of appetite or fatigue. But now, scientists believe it could also have a direct anti-tumoral effect.

Pierre Desprez, one of the scientists behind the discovery, told The Huffington Post:

It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited. We want to get started with trials as soon as possible.

Other recent studies have shown similar results. Harvard University scientists also concluded that the marijuana compound, THC, slows tumor growth in lung cancer and “significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread.” It also targets and destroys only the tumor cells while ignoring healthy cells–something that traditional chemotherapy doesn’t always do.

Dr. Sean McAllister, a scientist at the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, has devoted the last 10 years to studying this compound in marijuana says he is hoping to get trials approved for breast cancer patients:

Cannabidiol offers hope of a non-toxic therapy that could treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the painful side effects of chemotherapy.

All in all, this seems very promising. A drug with no side effects that can effectively target and kill cancer cells and potentially save a lot of lives. It’s yet another reason to look at legalizing marijuana. Although, with this type of treatment, patients would be injected with more potent levels of the drug or taking it in a pill form versus lighting up and inhaling it.

Tell us what you think. Would you be willing to test this if you were a cancer patient?

 

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  • Eric

    It causes cancer according to latest studies you dolt. Wow you must be smoking it while writing this article.

  • Mary

    Seriously? What about the hundreds of test results coming out that is HARMS the human body. Here is one article – want more?
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-teenage-mind/201102/does-marijuana-cause-cancer

    • mntnman444

      This is not news…our govt has known that compounds in cannabis cause cancer cells to “commit suicide” since 1974.

      Mary…this is what one of the top researchers for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) discovered when he was desperately trying to find proof that marijuana causes cancer…want more?

      http://patients4medicalmarijuana.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/top-anti-drug-researcher-says-legalize-marijuana/

    • Chuck

      from your artical
      The greatest health danger of marijuana is due to smoking, like cigarettes. While THC is a relatively safe drug, smoked marijuana is hazardous

      Yes when you smoke it, it is harmful to the human body and can even cause cancer but as it said in the artical above the patients will not be smoking it they will be either injected or take a pill form which is not harmful to the human body

  • Brittney

    Marijuana has countless PROVEN medicinal uses. To believe otherwise would be completely ignorant. Obviously smoking any substance has harmful effects, but as the article states there are many ways to aquire the effects such as eating it in food, pill form, etc. The only reason it is illegal is because the government doesn’t want you to grow your own medicine, they want you addicted to pharmaceuticals!!

  • matty1420

    It can NOW fight CANCER! WRONG, it always could fight cancer! The Communist States of America are bullshit money monglers. They cant own cannabis, so they outlaw/criminalize it!

  • jway

    Taxpayers are being forced to pay $40 Billion a year for a prohibition that causes 10,000 brutal murders & 800,000 needless arrests every year, and which doesn’t even stop CHILDREN getting marijuana.

    After seventy years of prohibition it’s obvious that it causes FAR more harm than good and must END! Drug Dealers Don’t Card, Supermarkets Do!!