Most of the studies we report about here at AlibiHQ are studies originating from the USA, and occasionally also Europe or Canada. Obviously, with advanced legislation and already legal medical marijuana in several of those countries the chances to study cannabis is higher in those countries.
This time though, we have a study coming from India. India, one of the countries known for excellent hashish, especially the famous Charas. At the same time, India is also being ever more mercilessly milked by Big Pharma, and its scrupulous sales agents who offer physicians prescribing their pain killers multiple perks like all-incl seminar
In other words, slowly but surely to country is inching towards its own opioids epidemic.
A team of Indian researchers of the Amity Institute of Biotechnology recently analyzed the existing research on cannabis and cancer, and came to confirmative conclusions. The team found the results of the studies studies “too exciting to ignore”.
The study, which was published in the Cancer Journal stated multiple cases of cancer treatment where cannabis not only improved the lives of patients, but also effectively killed cancer cells. What makes the publication even more exciting is that the study highlighted different, less commonly referred to cancers that cannabis may possible treat.
The study highlighted that cannabinoids “exert potent [anti-growth] activity and activate various apoptotic mechanisms eventually leading to cell death” of glioma cancer cells, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Thirty percent more people treated with a “proprietary THC and CDB combination” had a higher one-year survival rate than a placebo group (83% vs. 53%).
The study also reported that despite few existing studies yet, cannabis could potentially be used as a breast and lung cancer treatment, as emphasized by Marijuana Moment.
“Less research has been conducted on the effects of cannabis on lung, breast, oral and liver cancers, but the study authors documented instances where mice with certain lung cancer types treated with THC experienced a “notable reduction of the subcutaneous tumor growth and lung metastasis” of those cells, “prompting its significance as a novel therapeutic molecule in lung cancer treatment.”
“But while THC is a common study focus, other cannabinoids show particular potential in treating different cancer types, they found. For example, a synthetic CBD compound (940-CBD) was the most effective “in terms of antiproliferative effects and invasiveness” of a particular breast cancer cell line.”
While, as most often, the study did lack actual clinical trials, and most of its research was based on studies done in lab conditions — meaning that cancer cells were observed and treated in test tubes — some studies were also done on mice. Often synthetic cannabis was used as well.
As always, this study calls for much more analysis of the plant we love so much as, indeed, the results are “too exciting to ignore” and we still need to learn which of the 483 compounds are the most effective when. But progress is being made with advances in potential pancreatic cancer treatment and even the Father of Cannabis Research joining the fold again in order to find cannabis-based cancer cures, and especially scale the number of clinical trials.
But as almost every other study has shown so far, the medical possibilities of cannabis seem almost endless. The team from the Amity Institute of Biotechnology has aggregated and highlighted that medical marijuana can potentially be used to treat even more cancers than the media, and current reporting have told us.
Including but not limited to breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and even certain types of brain cancer. All cancers with very low survival rates if not discovered very early. And at the same time cannabis can also improve the life quality of patients receiving chemotherapy and even counter some of its side effects.
The study opened reminding everyone how popular marijuana was as a medical utility before prohibition.
“Cannabis was extensively utilized for its medicinal properties till the 19th century. A steep decline in its medicinal usage was observed later due to its emergence as an illegal recreational drug.”