Not much is absolutely known about prostate cancer or marijuana—except that there is a definite connection between cannabis and the remission of this particular type of cancer. According to reports and new studies, the chemical content in cannabis may have the ability to stop prostate cancer cells from growing.
Proof from Madrid
Ines Diaz-Laviada of the University of Alcala in Madrid found evidence from mice tests, showing that there was a significant reduction in tumor growth after administering the cannabis. She later said that the cancer cell receptors seem to communicate with the chemicals in cannabis. She concluded optimistically, “These chemicals could become a target for new research into potential drugs to treat prostate cancer.”
The U.S. Library Makes Three Statements
There were three separate studies published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, showing studies that indicated a decrease of prostatic cancer cells after the use of medicinal cannabis. Specifically, the cannabinoid (CBD) strain was cited. One of the most conclusive studies was by L. De Petrocellis and company, which revealed that cannabinoid receptor activation induced prostate carcinoma cell apoptosis, which is programmed cell death.
One of the most high profile cases to come around is comedian Tommy Chong’s prostate cancer revelation. In June 2012 he announced he was diagnosed with stage one of the disease and that he had been drug-free for about three years. He credits hemp oil for his 99% cancer-free condition.
It’s Not Anecdotal Evidence Anymore
Many sources in the media refer to anecdotal cases like Tommy Chong, stating that nothing can be proven for certain. However, with studies like that of Diaz-Laviada and others, we can conclude that documented evidence exists suggesting marijuana’s definite—albeit mysterious—powers to halt cancer formation. It’s time to get serious about nationwide legislation so that medicine can progress.