If we consider that around 85 years ago, cannabis oil was used throughout the world for treating a whole range of diseases, including cancer, it is no surprise that the gradual phasing out of cannabis use coincides with the rise of the pharmaceutical companies.
Rick Simpson is an activist for medical use of marihuana and he is on a crusade to help others. He thinks that cannabis is the most medicinally beneficial plant that there is and he shares this miracle with others for free. He has collected thousands of testimonials from people healed with apparently incurable diseases to prove his claims that cannabis can destroy cancer.
For all those out these who are skeptical about such claims that cannabis can cure cancer, there are many well-documented studies showing that the plant has astounding healing properties.
Cannabis is a traditional medicinal plant that is backed by modern medical research
The journal ‘Blood’ stated that cannabis could induce cytotoxicity in the leukemia cell lines. The research showed that THC acted to induce apoptosis as early as 6 hours after exposure and even at an inhibitory concentration, both in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells and in the leukemia cell lines (HEL-92, HL60 and CEM).
They claim that the cannabis seemed to be working independently with the THC to bring about cancer cell death in vitro and not simply to be aiding the other chemo drugs.
In addition, the Molecular Pharmacology Journal published a study that claimed that apoptosis in leukemia cells was induced by non-psychoactive cannabidiol. They stated that cannabidiol acted through CB2 and through regulation of Nox4 and p22 and could prove to be a new and selective treatment for leukemia.
There are two other studies, ‘Gamma-irradiation enhances apoptosis induced by cannabidiol, a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, in cultured HL-60 myeloblastic leukemia cells’ and ‘ p38 MAPK is involved in CB2 receptor-induced apoptosis of human leukemia cells’, that have shown the effectiveness of cannabis in acting to promote death of leukemia cells.
There is a study in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics which has explored the link between the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and the resulting regulation of aggressiveness of breast cancer tumors. The research concludes that CBD is the first nontoxic agent that can decrease aggressiveness of breast cancer cells.
There are also several other studies that support such findings, including “Cannabinoids: a new hope for breast cancer therapy?” and ‘The effects of cannabis oil on the proliferation, invasion and metastasis of breast cancer cells.’
In addition, there are further reports of how cannabinoids can inhibit specific receptors and modulate the growth of breast cancer tumors in the journal PLoS.
Pharmacological Research has published that studies have shown cannabinoids to be able to have anti-metastatic, anti-proliferative, and apoptotic effects in addition to reduce the release of cytokines and to promote healing of wounds. The researchers concluded that cannabinoids, in vivo, can have protective effects in certain well-established models of colon cancer and intestinal inflammation, and that they show promise as a potential strategy for fighting colon cancer and intestinal inflammation.
The Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology also published research showing that cannabinoids had an effect on colon cancer cell lines.
The paper ‘Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids’ published research on cannabinoid compounds, showing that they can play an important role to modulate the immune system and improve cancer diagnosis outcomes. The team claims that these compounds have great therapeutic potential in treating cancer and immune disorders.
There is also a study named ‘Cannabinoids and the immune system’, that confirms that certain cannabimimetic agents can reduce growth of tumors and induce apoptosis, by affecting the natural killer cells and that cannabis has demonstrated significant benefits for the regulation of immunity. They state that this role of cannabis should eventually be exploited in managing human diseases.
Gynecologic Oncology published the results of research showing that cannabis can have a significant effect on uterine cervical cancer cells. The team conducting the research found that the compound could induce apoptosis in cell lines of cervical carcinoma (CxCa).
Melanoma is considered the deadliest form of skin cancer and has had few treatment options apart from prevention and early detection. That is why the findings of one study named ‘Cannabinoid receptors as novel targets for the treatment of melanoma’ are of particular significance. Cannabinoids stimulated death of cancer cells in animal tests, as well as decreasing the growth, spread and metastasis of the melanoma cells.
Other, non-melanoma, skin cancers have also shown a good response to cannabinoids. The Journal of Clinical Investigation published research which found that the growth of malignant tumors could be considerably inhibited by the local administration of cannabinoids. This was performed by inoculating epidermal tumor cells into laboratory nude mice. The tumors that were treated with cannabinoids showed a rise in the number of apoptotic cells, accompanied by the impairment of tumor vascularization, determined by blood vessel morphology and proangiogenic factors. The results were in favor of this new therapeutic method for treating skin tumors.
There are just a few of the hundreds examples demonstrating that cannabis can be effective in eradicating cancer, without any of the usual adverse side effects. Furthermore, watch the documentary exploring the historical and modern use of cannabis for treating various serious diseases, including cancer, Crohn’s disease, cancer.
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