Top 16 Studies That Show Cannabis is Effective Against Cancer

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It seems as if everyone is talking about cannabis and its effectiveness in treating many different diseases, especially cancer. Cannabinoids just might be the future when it comes to fighting cancer and disease. When we talk about cannabinoids, we are referring to any group of compounds that include cannabinol and/or the active compounds of cannabis. These compounds activate the cannabinoid receptors in the body and play a part in many processes in the body, helping it to create a healthy, disease free environment.

Cannabinoids have been proven in many studies to reduce the growth of cancer cells, and have a tremendous impact on the support and rebuilding of the immune system. Although not every type of cannabis has the same effect on every person, more and more people are making testimonies stating that they reduced or completely eliminated their cancer in a short period of time using cannabis in one form or another.

When you look at the top studies listed below, remember that cannabis appears to be much more effective (when speaking about medicinal purposes) when it is eaten or taken as an oil, rather than smoking it. Keep reading about the top 16 research studies that showed that cannabis was effective as a treatment, and might one day be the cure for cancer.


1. Leukemia

Cannabinoids induced cell death in leukemia cells in a study published in the US National Library of Medicine that was conducted by the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.


2. Oral Cancers

The US National Library of Medicine published a study that showed that cannabinoids inhibited cellular respiration and were deadly to malignant oral tumors.


3.  Liver Cancer

The US National Library of Medicine also published a study showing that THC, the active compound in cannabis, reduced the viability of HHC liver carcinoma as well as slowed the growth of these types of liver cancer.


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4. Pancreatic Cancer

Cannabinoid receptors in human pancreatic tumors are in higher numbers than regular pancreatic tissue. Cannabinoids induced cancer cell death in pancreatic cancer cells and reduced the growth of cancer cells, according to a study published in The American Journal of Cancer.


5. Brain Cancer

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Complutense University in Madrid and published in the British Journal of Cancer, showed that THC and other cannabinoids arrested the growth of tumors. This was the first clinical study that determined that cannabinoids had anti-tumor abilities. THC was discovered to decrease the amount of tumor cells in two out of the nine patients in this study.


6. Neurodegenerative Disease

Scientists conducted an MRI study that used THC and found that it reduced neuronal injury in rats. This study provides proof that the cannabinoid receptors can protect the brain from neurodegeneration. This study was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.


7. Breast Cancer

A study done by the California Pacific Medical Centre found that cannabidiol, or CBD, stops the proliferation and invasion of breast cancer cells and that it greatly reduced tumor mass. This study was published in the US National Library of Medicine. Read also about 8 tips to prevent breast cancer.


8. Anti-Tumor

One study published in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics showed that cannabinoids have strong anti-tumor compounds. This study looked at the effect of CBD on human glioma cells and an application of cannabidiol led to a dramatic drop in the viability of these types of cells. Glioma is another word for brain tumors.

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9. Works With Cancer Treatments

The Journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics explains how brain tumors can be very resistant to the available anticancer treatments and showed that cannabis was a powerful therapeutic strategy for improving the prognosis of patients. This study also showed that applying cannabis had a reversal effect of tumor activity in Glioblastoma multiforme.


10.  Reduced Cancer Cell Growth

THC, as well as cannabidiol, drastically reduced breast cancer cell growth in a study published in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.


11. Reduced Tumor Growth and Numbers

In one study, published in the Journal of Molecular Cancer, researchers found that THC not only reduced the growth of tumors, but also the number of tumors. Scientists found that cannabinoids arrested the proliferation of cancer cells as well as induced cancer cell death.


12. Lung Cancer Study One

In a study published by the journal Oncogene, it was determined that THC stopped the growth factor for induced lung cancer cell migration. The scientists who conducted this study at Harvard Medical Schools Experimental Medicine Department stated that, after they saw the results of this study, THC should be explored even more as a means of possibly controlling the growth and the metastasis of certain types of lung cancer.


13. Lung Cancer Study Two

The US National Library of Medicine published a study done by Harvard Medical School found that lung cancer cells contained cannabinoid receptors and that cannabis was effective in fighting lung cancer cells.


14. Lung Cancer Study Three

The Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology, from the Department of General Surgery in Germany, conducted a study that was published by the US National Library of Medicine that found that cannabinoids stop cancer cell invasion. These effects were done in primary tumor cells taken from a patient with lung cancer.


15. Prostate Cancer

The US National Library of Medicine published several studies which showed that the cannabinoid receptors in prostate cancer cells were drastically reduced when cannabinoids were introduced. They published another study that outlined the effectiveness of cannabis on prostate cancer, and in the third study, which involved clinical testing of CBD against prostate cancer, caused cancer cell death.


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16. Blood Cancer

The journal of Molecular Pharmacology published as study which showed that cell death and the arrested development of lymphoma was the result of the introduction of cannabinoids. This study was performed with grants from The Swedish Research Council, the Cancer Society, located in Stockholm, and the Swedish Cancer Society.

Marijuana is a perfect example of how we can be taught to believe things that simply aren’t true. Most of us grew up being told that “the evil weed Marijuana” was a gateway to harder drugs and that it was a “bad” plant. None of this is true, obviously. There are probably many such substances that are labeled as “bad” or as a “drug” to protect the interests of the pharmaceutical companies.