In August 2015, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) released a report on their website which stated, “Marihuana kills cancer”. A Men’s Health Study proved that cannabis potentially kills cancer.
Cannabis can be used for medical purposes to relieve symptoms of many chronic illnesses. In fact, marihuana has actually been used for medicinal purposes for over 3000 years.
So, how does Cannabis kill cancer?
There are 21 chemical components found in Marihuana called cannibinoids.
These chemicals activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects in the central nervous system and the immune system. This is the physiological and biochemical changes in the body produced by a drug in therapeutic concentration.
THC (delta-9-Tetra-Hydro-Cannabinol) is the primary psychoactive ingredient found in marihuana. However, there are other compounds such as cannabinol (CBN), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), tetrahydrocannabivarin(THCv), and delta-8-THC that have healing effects.
For example, CBD is known to have significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity without the high that THC produces. Many studies have now shown the potential of Cannabis being able to destroy cancer cells.
Moreover, Cannabinoids may reduce tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed to grow tumors.
- Cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
- A laboratory study of THC in liver cancer cells showed it damaged or destroyed the cancer cells.
- The same study of THC in models of liver cancer showed that it had anti-tumor effects.
US Health Times.com / Crickey Conservation Society 2018.