Marijuana Study Shows Brain Cancer Cells Eat Themselves

“… a study released by researchers at the Complutense University in Madrid describes how marijuana’s active chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol, can aid anti-cancer therapies due to its ability to coax cancerous brain cells to self-digest.

The research involved stimulating cancer growth in mice and then injecting sites near the tumors with THC every day. An experimental trial involving two brain cancer patients were also analyzed by the researchers.

It studied how an aggressive brain tumor type was affected by THC, noting that the findings fell in line with the tests done on mice. They say the work shows how “a new family of potential antitumoral agent” exists among THC and related cannabinoids.”

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Full Text: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2673842/

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