For a long time it has been widely believed that cannabis has cancer preventative properties; but now, British scientists have proven for the first time that the plant can be used to prevent the growth of tumours.
A research team from the University Of East Anglia (UEA) has undertaken ground-breaking research into the beneficial properties of THC and found incredible results. The area of research has otherwise been ‘poorly understood’ due to being a controlled substance in this country and many parts of the world.
By injecting Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC into laboratory mice bearing human cancer cells, scientists have discovered two specific cell receptors that are responsible for the disease-fighting effects of the plant.
Dr Peter McCormick, from UEA’s school of pharmacy, said:
“Our findings help explain some of the well-known but still poorly understood effects of THC at low and high doses on tumour growth.
“There has been a great deal of interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms behind how marijuana, and specifically THC, influence cancer pathology.
“By identifying the receptors involved we have provided an important step towards the future development of therapeutics that can take advantage of the interactions we have discovered to reduce tumour growth.”
The study has been published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, a highly regarded science journal which will create real validity to an otherwise discredited substance.
Cancer Research UK have been quick to warm the public more research will be required before we know the substance can 100% help treat the disease. Dr McCormick also warned:
“Our research uses an isolated chemical compound and using the correct concentration is vital. Cancer patients should not use cannabis to self-medicate, but I hope that our research will lead to a safe synthetic equivalent being available in the future.”