It is now widely believed that marijuana cures cancer, but is it really true?
Cannabis oil is the extract of the cannabis plant, also known as marijuana. It contains substances such as the CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that are believed to cure a long list of illness, including cancer. Though marijuana has been used by humans for thousands of years now, it is only recently that marijuana is attributed as a medicinal plant.
THC the major active component of marijuana is believed to have anti-cancer properties. It acts through a specific family of cell receptors that are known as cannabinoids receptors.
There are various preclinical studies ongoing on mice and rats, as well as human cells to show the effectiveness of medical marijuana. It has been researched that cannabinoids may restrict tumor growth by causing the cells to die, and also block the growing cell growth. It also helps to block the development of blood vessels that are needed for tumors to grow. The studies on animals have shown that marijuana kills cancer while protecting normal cells.
Positive signs have also been witnessed in studies regarding breast cancer. It has been studied that the cannabidiol (CBD) helps to kill negative breast cancer cells while having a little effect on normal breast cells. It has been studied in mouse models that cannabinoids may also help to stop the growth of the tumor, lessen the growth, and also the number of cancer cells from spreading.
Evidence from one animal study of marijuana demonstrated that extracts from the marijuana plant may also help to shrink the most serious types of tumors. Also, when these extracts are used in conjunction with radiation therapy, it helps to increase the power of the radiation to subside the effects of cancer cells.
There have been many changes in the last decade regarding the usability of marijuana plant for medicinal benefits. There has also been several amendments and now the law allow the cannabis oil to be distributed on a state-to-state basis without violating any federal statutes.
Even with so many scientific studies, there is still a lot of confusion across the medical panel regarding the effectiveness of marijuana to kill cancer cells. It must be remembered that there are no proven records of the effectiveness of marijuana to cure cancer in humans, however, the ongoing studies are displaying a notable promise.
The results of the animal studies are showing positive results and it could provide a breakthrough in cancer treatment and in saving more lives.