In recent years, the use of Medical Marijuana has been approved in 23 states in the US for various illnesses for medical use. Although the drug has remained illegal in most states for recreational use since the 1930’s, the US government has conducted numerous studies on the health benefits of the plant. Cannabinoids are compounds which are plant-based byproducts of the Marijuana plant. A fact that may are not aware of is that the US government issued a patent Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants on April 21, 1999 (yes, 1 day after 4/20~).
Some very exciting not so recent news from the National Cancer Institute: recent studies found that certain types of Cannabinoids (CBD) may kill tumors, prevent the growth and metastasis of tumors, and that “Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death”.
What about CBD and Breast Cancer cells?
An in vitro study of the effect of CBD on programmed cell death in breast cancer cell lines found that CBD induced programmed cell death, independent of the CB1, CB2, or vanilloid receptors. CBD inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancercell lines, inducing apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner while having little effect on nontumorigenic mammary cells. Other studies have also shown the antitumor effect of cannabinoids (i.e., CBD and THC) in preclinical models of breast cancer.[19,20]
ProjectCBD.org shares that:
“Cannabidiol offers hope of a non-toxic therapy that could treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the painful side effects of chemotherapy,” says McAllister.
The images above are from an experiment by McAllister testing how CBD can stop the invasion of cancer cells in human cell lines. Compare the untreated breast cancer cells on the left to the breast cancer cells destroyed by CBD on the right.
The ProjectCBD.org website links to numerous studies which have concluded that there is a correlation and possible cure with CBD treatment. There is a lot of information on the web and data collected on numerous studies conducted resulting in positive outcomes. Check out this short docuvideo which includes a brief history of the plant, to modern-day usage:
What can be done to make this more available and raise awareness of the healing powers of the plant? Do your research, get involved! Check out: NORML.ORG