A study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics suggests that extracts from cannabis can help beat brain cancer.
Researchers used two active chemical components found within cannabis in addition to traditional radiological treatments used on brain cancer patients. The active chemical components were cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In tests on mice, it was found that the chemicals helped slow the rate of growth in brain cancers.
Brain cancer is one of the most difficult forms of cancer to treat. It has an extremely low survival rate, with only 10% of cases alive, 5 years after diagnosis.
The research team was based at St George’s, the University of London. Tests involved mice with brain tumors, treated in a number of ways. treated brain tumours in mice in a variety of ways, either without any treatment, the cannabinoids alone, irradiation alone or with the cannabinoids and irradiation at the same time.
According to senior research fellow Dr Wai Liu, “Those treated with both irradiation and the cannabinoids saw the most beneficial results and a drastic reduction in size,”
“In some cases, the tumours effectively disappeared in the animals. This augurs well for further research in humans in the future. – this is a mostly fatal disease at the moment”
This may be an important step forward in combating one of the most dangerous forms of cancer.