The main psychoactive constitute of the cannabis plant can completely kill cancer cells.
Dr. Sanchez, a molecular biologist from Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, has been studying the anti-tumor effects of THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis, for over a decade. She presented sound information that explains how exactly THC kills cancer cells without producing adverse effects on healthy cells.
Dr. Sanchez says THC does the dirty work of eliminating cancer cells by activating the body’s own cannabinoid receptors, creating endocannabinoids. What’s more, cannabis can do this without any psychoactive effects.
Dr. Sanchez’s research is a valuable addition to the study done by the British scientist and oncologist at the University of London’s St. George’s Medical School called Wai Liu. His research also reveals how THC has ‘potent anti-cancer activity’, and can significantly ‘target and switch off’ the pathways which allow cancers to grow.
“There are quite a lot of cancers that should respond quite nicely to these cannabis agents,” Liu said. “If you talk about a drug company that spent billions of pounds trying to develop these new drugs that target these pathways, cannabis does exactly the same thing – or certain elements of cannabis compounds do exactly the same thing – so you have something that is naturally produced which impacts the same pathways that these fantastic drugs that cost billions also work on.”
What does the term cannabinoids stand for?
Cannabinoids refer to any group of related compounds that include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis. They activate cannabinoid receptors in the body. The body itself produces compounds called endocannabinoids and they play an important role in various processes within the body that help to create a healthier environment.
Cannabinoids have been proven to reduce cancer cells’ growth as they have a great share in restoring the immune system back to normal. Although not every strain of cannabis has the same effect, more and more patients are having success in cancer reduction in a short period of time.
Contrary to the prevalent belief and practice, smoking cannabis DOES NOT assist a great deal in treating diseases such as cancers since therapeutic levels cannot be reached through smoking! Creating oil from the plant (or eating the plant) is the best way to go get the necessary ingredients-the cannabinoids.
This comes at an important moment when the US are about to legalize medicinal marijuana and the Federal Government is receiving pressure to de-list cannabis as an illegal drug. The Feds are still fighting medicinal marijuana despite having numerous patents on the plant. In fact, three scientists from the Department of Health and Human Services in the abstract (or summary) of their findings, submitted with the patent application, said the following:
“The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroproectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke or trauma, or the treatment of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”
In Hindu texts cannabis was called “the sacred grass”. It has also been used in traditional Chinese medicinal practices for centuries. Cannabis is also known around the world as a drug made from the dried leaves and flowers (or resin) of the hemp plant.
Dr. Sanchez’s study only contributes to the age-old wisdom surrounding the medicinal use of this important plant: Cannabis can safely stand in for toxic chemical medications and drastically reduce pain.
Leukemia case study
A case study was published recently where doctors used cannabis to treat leukemia (a serious disease in which too many white blood cells are produced, causing weakness and sometimes death). Toronto doctors Yadvinder Singh, MD and Chamandeep Bali, ND detailed the case and treatment procedure in great depth.
Cannabinoids didn’t have any toxic effects on the patient and although there were some psychosomatic properties due to the use of oil, the patient condition improved and blast cell count was controlled.
“It goes without saying that much more research and, even more importantly, phase clinical trials need to be implemented to determine the benefits of such therapies. Laboratory analysis is critical to figure out the constituents/profiles/ratios of the vast cannabis strains that show the most favored properties for exerting possible anticancer effects.”
I can only add this:
All plants are growing on the Earth for a reason. And the world has come a long way with regards to accepting cannabis as a medicinal plant, rather than a merely harmful drug that leads to addiction. It’s a plant that could benefit the planet in more than one ways. Cannabis isn’t offered in replacement of standardized chemotherapy, but nobody can really deny the tremendous remedial power of this plant either!