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Cannabinoids (Marijuana Compounds) Lead to Leukemia Cancer Cell Destruction

Elizabeth Renter
November 17th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 1:41 pm
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marijuana anti cancer 263x166 Cannabinoids (Marijuana Compounds) Lead to Leukemia Cancer Cell DestructionAs new studies are released showing just how miraculous the compounds of marijuana are, the argument for legalized marijuana or at least legal access to medicinal marijuana seems to build a little more each month. One new study, from researchers with Saint George’s University of London and published in Anticancer Research, reveals how various compounds within cannabis are able to work together to kill human leukemia cells.

The study looked at three non-psychoactive cannabinoids, including cannabidiol, cannabigerol, and cannabigevarin. These compounds were tested on two leukemia cell lines where they acted synergistically to fight the cancerous cells.

According to a press release from the University, these “non-hallucinogenic components of cannabis could act as effective anti-cancer agents.”

Research into the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and its effects on cancer are well-recognized. But research into these lesser known and non-psychoactive compounds is limited. To be clear, THC is the compound in marijuana that gets you “high”. Those tested in this latest study, however, have no such effects.

In total, six compounds were tested and each had anti-cancer properties as effective as those in THC. When combined with one another, the compounds had an even greater effect.

“This study is a critical step in unpicking the mysteries of cannabis as a source of medicine,” explained Dr. Wai Liu, lead researcher. “The cannabinoids examined have minimal, if any, hallucinogenic side effects, and their properties as anti-cancer agents are promising.”

Read: Woman Replaces 40 Meds with Raw Cannabis Juice

Back in 2006, another study was developed by a team of medical researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Pharmacology and Toxicology department on leukemia patients. The researchers essentially outlined that if taken daily for an extended period of time, cannabis oil actually reverses the growth of cancer and possibly leads to remission in the patient – with zero added side effects. The marijuana and cancer relationship can’t be ignored.

In the battle for marijuana legitimacy, critics often point to the fact that a “drug” like marijuana’s primary effect is in altering consciousness or getting high. It’s this point that stops many people from being able to see it for its benefits. When scientists are able to deconstruct the plant and use non­-psychoactive compounds to achieve similar results, it turns this worthless argument on its head.

“These agents are able to interfere with the development of cancerous cells, stopping them in their tracks and preventing them from growing. In some cases, by using specific dosage patterns, they can destroy cancer cells on their own.”

Used in combination with existing treatment, we could discover some highly effective strategies for tackling cancer. Significantly, these compounds are inexpensive to produce and making better use of their unique properties could result in much more cost effective anti-cancer drugs in future.”

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  • habibilamour

    The 2006 study wasn’t a human study….it was in vitro but in real life, cannabis oil does cure cancer (not THC alone like in the study)…their reductionist ways annoy me but I found it interesting that pertussis toxin prevents THC from working.

  • kizi 2

    I hate it because it is substance, it will destroy us.

  • health freedom

    It is important to know that recent research is also indicative that there is not so much, if any high at all, given by THC containing cannabis when the plant is not heated and consumed orally and raw. There are methods of taking the plant such as cold-press juicing that are turning out to be very anticarcinogenic, and yet do not force the patient into a hallucinogen experience that might be unwanted. Search ” raw juice cannabis ” on youtube for much more. This research alone pretty much makes a complete joke out of the prohibition of cannabis for health purposes on the grounds that it is a psychoactive drug.

    • Nick Gayton

      Start with raw juicing if you fear the psychoactive potency of a decarboxylated extract but if it’s not working you need to move on to high THC extracts. Even Dr William Courtney at the forefront of the raw juicing application states this. Raw juicing is better as a preventative but if you have an aggressive cancer concentrated, activated extracts are the bigs guns that are your best chance