Cannabis Benefits for Cancer

Staff July 18, 2017 0
Cannabis Benefits for Cancer


Cannabis has gotten a bad reputation over the decades as being a harmful drug that
everyone needs to stay away from. But in recent years, the concept of the
medicinal benefits of cannabis has become a hot topic. There’s talk of how the
marijuana plant and the oil from its seeds can aid in a variety of ailments,
such as arthritis, glaucoma and Parkinson’s disease. But what’s even more
exciting is that cannabis oil could very well be an alternative treatment for
cancer patients.

At the microscopic level, our bodies
are made up of trillions of cells. Cells are continuously dividing and
replicating themselves and as new cells develop, old ones die. Cancer cells,
however, are different. They don’t die a natural death, but continue to divide
and grow. The challenge to cancer researchers has always been to find a way to
selectively kill cancer cells without killing healthy cells. So far, medical
science has failed, but nature has provided us with a substance that can
accomplish what laboratory scientists cannot. That substance is THC, the active
ingredient in cannabis sativa – marijuana.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the
most active of the chemicals known as cannabinoids that are present in all of
the plants of the genus cannabis and in greatest abundance in the species
cannabis sativa. It is the ingredient that produces the marijuana
“high.”

While cannabis has been used
throughout the world for thousands of years to treat dozens of illnesses, with
the passing of the Marihuana Tax Act in 1937 it abruptly became unavailable to
either the general public or the healing professions in the United States. At
the same time, medical schools in the U.S. terminated the study of all plant
based medicines in favor of the study, promotion and application of synthetic,
laboratory produced drugs.

In 1974, the NIH (National Institute
of Health) gave a team of researchers at the Medical College of Virginia
funding to study THC in order to find evidence that it damaged the immune
system. While they failed in their appointed mission, they did discover the
startling fact that THC shrank tumors in their laboratory mice. The news
briefly surfaced publicly before the FDA abruptly ordered the team to halt
their research and confiscated the results of their findings. In 1976,
President Nixon signed a law prohibiting research into the therapeutic benefits
of all cannabinoids except by pharmaceutical companies. Since that time, the
only research done in the United States has been in attempts to produce
synthetic THC that has no psychotropic effects.

In 1998, researchers at Complutense
University School of Biology in Madrid, Spain undertook studies on mice in
order to determine how THC accomplished the task of killing cancer cells
without also damaging other cells in the body. They discovered that it does so
by two means:

1) It acts to inhibit angiogenesis
or the formation of new blood cells in tumors. Solid tumors, such as cancers,
require a blood supply in order to grow. When the blood supply is cut off
through the anti-angiogenesis effects triggered by THC, the cancer cells die.

2) THC promotes cancer cell death by
a process called autophagy. Autophagy literally means “self eat” and
that, along with other processes, is essentially what happens. Instead of
dividing and replicating, the cancer cells undergo a process of virtual
self-digestion and recycling into harmless waste matter.

Because of the ongoing prohibition
of cannabis research, very little clinical research has been conducted on human
volunteers, but what research has been done has shown promise. The anecdotal
evidence, however, is more than just promising. Aside from the well-known palliative
effects of marijuana in reducing the side effects of chemotherapy,
self-administered THC has been very successful in treating a variety of cancers
and other diseases in individuals who have been courageous enough to risk
incarceration in order to find a cure for cancer. Visit our site to learn more
about this natural cancer treatment.

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