Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer
Aside from all of the normal arguments for medical marijuana, here is yet another reason why smoking weed is not only NOT bad for you but good for you. Researchers in Spain are reporting that the active ingredient in Marijuana helps people to
Web MD – Guillermo Velasco and colleagues at Complutense University in Spain have found that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, causes brain cancer cells to undergo a process called autophagy. Autophagy is the breakdown of a cell that occurs when the cell essentially self-digests.
The team discovered that cannabinoids such as THC had anticancer effects in mice with human brain cancer cells and people with brain tumors. When mice with the human brain cancer cells received the THC, the tumor growth shrank.
Two patients enrolled in a clinical trial received THC directly to the brain as an experimental treatment for recurrent glioblastoma multiforme, a highly aggressive brain tumor. Biopsies taken before and after treatment helped track their progress. After receiving the THC, there was evidence of increased autophagy activity.
The findings appear in the April 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Take that anti-marijuana people.
I had no idea that marijuana had preventative medicinal uses but everyone knows that there is no better medicine for life’s little hassles.
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