Have you heard rumors of marijuana having cancer healing properties? You might be surprised at how much evidence has been compiled. A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of cells within the brain, which could be cancerous. However, because of the delicate nature of the brain, any tumor is considered a threat because of the limited space within the intracranial cavity. Although surgery and radiation therapy are most often recommended for treatment, there is strong evidence that suggests marijuana can cure brain cancer.
Spain’s Research Earns Worldwide Attention
The newest research to come out of Spain, courtesy of Guillermo Velasco of the School of Biology at Complutense University in Madrid, states that THC has been observed to kill brain cancer kills. Furthermore, Velasco stated that unlike radical cancer treatments, the THC killing of the cancer cells does “not affect normal cells.”
The research not only involved mice, but also two patients coping from what Velasco defined as “recurrent glioblastoma multiforme”, a very aggressive type of brain cancer. The research stated that THC triggers an autophagy, which is essentially a cellular self-eating process. Within 30 days of the THC treatment, the cancer cells were eliminated without destroying healthy cells. His findings were featured in the April issues of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Experimental Therapy Beyond Guesswork
The Journal of Pharmacology And Experimental Therapeutics also publicly stated that cannabinoids “have antitumor properties”. Their studies involved cannabidiol (CBD) and its effect on human glioma (tumor) cell lines. CBD directly decreased the viability of glioma cells.
These studies have already attracted a great deal of noise in the medical community and have only recently been earning mainstream attention. While it cannot be proven that medical marijuana can “cure cancer” at any given point, studies have shown that it should at least be considered an option, just as effective as chemotherapy or surgery.