Feb 3, 2017 12:10 PM

4 Unexpected Facts About Cannabis and Cancer

Cannabis has been a hot topic for people who suffer from cancer—both figuratively and literally. The plant has a large resume when it comes to the illness. Marijuana is strongly connected to the past of our medicine, and it may be the key to the future of it as well. However, there are many things that we do not know about the plant.

In terms of modern medicine, scientists have been studying weed for decades now. The last few years marked a considerable breakthrough in the field. However, we, as simple users and patients, know even less than scholars. Many stereotypes are clouding our judgment of the herb. To study cannabis in terms of marijuana treatment closer and to find out some unexpected facts, read our article.

Here we have gathered some aspects of the herbal cancer treatment that may be shocking for you.

Thousands of Years Ago

While it is known that our ancestors of about 2,500 thousand years ago started using cannabis for medical purposes, it was only recently revealed that it had been used to treat cancer.

It is known that some civilizations used the plant to enhance the performance of their soldiers, others had public baths filled with the herb. However, in 2014, archaeologists found a body of a middle-aged woman in the Altai Mountains who had been suffering from cancer. This woman is believed to have used cannabis as a mean of fighting her illness. Besides, many ancient cultures knew about the analgesic properties of opium, hashish, and hemp. The burial chamber of this woman also contained a pot of cannabis.

Cannabis Kills Cancer Cells

Unfortunately, large clinical trials on anti-tumoral properties of weed have not been sanctioned yet. However, there have been many preclinical studies that claim that the plant is highly effective. According to the recent research, there are four ways in which cannabinoids can block and destroy cancer cells.

  • The anti-metastatic property prevents the traveling of cells to various locations.The anti-proliferative quality prevents the growing and dividing of cancer cells.
  • The anti-angiogenetic effect stops the cells from developing blood vessels.
  • The pro-apoptotic property triggers cell suicide (also known as apoptosis) in not healthy cells.

In addition, scientists found that the use of both THC and CBD reduced tumors in animals.

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Despite the promising studies, the majority of the results are based on anecdotal evidence and average-quality preclinical results.

Concentrates Are an Option

The most widespread ways of cannabis consumption are smoking and eating infused edibles. However, they may not be the most effective in terms of medicine. Both of them may be too slow when it comes to our health. Instead, today, many patients consume cannabis oil to ease their symptoms.

Cannabis oil concentrates, or Rick Simpson Oil, is the most popular mean of treatment. Rick Simpson himself claims that he has cured his cancer with the help of the plant's extract. Many cancer patients today come to the use of this treatment at some point.

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It Already Exists

While the research on the matter is still ongoing, many patients who undergo chemotherapy already have access to cannabis-based drugs. For example, Canadians can already buy such remedy as Savitex—a multiple sclerosis drug that contains cannabinoids to ease the chemotherapy-related pain.

In the U.S., patients can use a couple of synthetic cannabis products. The two main cannabinoid pharmaceuticals in the country are dronabinol and nabilone. Both drugs are designed to help people with nausea and vomiting. Australia is getting ready for the first clinical trial of cannabis for the management of chemotherapy side effects.

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