Studies continue to yield promising results for Cannabis as a treatment for cancer. As more research is conducted, more research is needed. Each new discovery brings about new hypotheses and increased optimism that Cannabis can open the door to a cure.
The medicinal properties of Cannabis are undeniable, both in modern times and throughout history. In fact, nearly 3000 years BC a Chinese emperor referenced Cannabis as a popular treatment with yin and yang properties. Documentation of Cannabis as medicine has been recorded throughout history, from Ancient Greece to new age American settlers.
Fast forward to present day and you’ll find a lot of controversy surrounding Cannabis. You’ll also find a lot of research. Pharmaceutical companies, such as Kannalife Sciences, are devoted to researching Cannabinoids and their role in “Neuroprotection; Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).” However, the most impressive breakthrough comes from Dr. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist from Madrid, Spain. Dr. Sanchez spent over a decade working at Complutense University of Madrid researching the effects of Cannabinoids on tumorous cells.
During her research of tumoral cells, she observed that when treating the cells with THC the tumorous cells in her petri dish were being killed. Intrigued by the results, her team began using THC in the treatment of breast and brain cancer in animals. According to DR, Sanchez, the results obtained from that study indicate that “Cannabinoids may be useful in the treatment of breast cancer” and “very potent in reducing tumor growth” in glioblastoma brain tumors. In her opinion, Cannabinoids target tumoral cells and have no effect on normal cells, which is ideal in an anti-tumoral medicine and contrasts treatments such as Chemotherapy, which affect all cells.
The good doctor goes on to criticize the US for its schedule I status of Cannabis.The criticism comes not just because of her findings, but because of many other researchers who’ve found therapeutic potential. Ultimately, she has collected enough preclinical evidence to believe THC, especially when coupled with CBD, may have anti-tumoral properties.
Although Dr. Sanchez shows a great deal of confidence in Cannabis as a medicine, it’s important to remember that correlation is not causation. More studies need to be conducted before irrefutable proof can be presented. With any luck Cannabis will be a gateway drug, not to other illicit drugs as the government contests, but to a cure for cancer; or at least a viable alternative to traditional treatments.