Cannabis as a Cancer Treatment?

Cancer and cancer-related symptoms are among the primary reasons patients seek medical cannabis recommendations. Efforts in several countries have made major discoveries in pre -clinical trials. Cell line and animal research have pinpointed four primary ways cannabis kills cancer cells.

The four ways Cannabis kills Cancer Cells:

Anti-proliferative ~ halts the growth (proliferation) of malignant cells.

Anti-metastatic ~ prevents cancer cells from spreading and adhering to new, healthy tissues.

Anti-angiogenic ~ inhibit the growth of new blood vessels to Cancer cells

Pro-apoptotic ~ causes cancer cells to kill themselves

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‘Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis invasion and metastasis. Two reviews summarize the molecular mechanisms of action of cannabinoids as antitumor agents. Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death. For example, these compounds have been shown to induce apoptosis in glioma cells in culture and induce regression of glioma tumors in mice and rats, while they protect normal glial cells of astroglial and oligodendroglial lineages from apoptosis mediated by the CB1 receptor.’

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