Marijuana Cures Cancer: Fact or Fallacy?

marijuana cures cancer

There is a long ongoing argument whether marijuana cures cancer. However, if this is true, why isn’t it that many countries still go against the legalization of marijuana?

Marijuana cures cancer? Is it just real or just a myth? First, let’s take a deeper look at what marijuana or cannabis really is.

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Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana and by numerous other names referred to the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. It is a preparation of the cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine. Cannabis is often consumed for its psychoactive and physiological effects which can include heightened mood or euphoria, relaxation and an increase in appetite.

Marijuana is usually smoked in hand-rolled cigarettes (joints), pipes or water pipes (bongs). It is also smoked in blunts cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with a mixture of marijuana and tobacco.

The medical use of marijuana is limited because different strains of the plant contain different amounts of various compounds which make the effects hard to predict. Medical researchers have isolated substances from the plant that can be used in precise doses alone and in combinations with other medicines to achieve more predictable effects. Certain drugs have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to relieve nausea and vomiting and increase appetite in people with cancer and AIDS. Other marijuana extracts are still being tested.

One study on mice and rats suggested that cannabinoids may have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors and this was posted in cancer.gov. The negative stigmatism attached to marijuana is due to its supposed psychotropic effects, yet again, there is no scientific evidence to show that marijuana has any psychotropic effects. Nonetheless, cannabis has recently been the focus of medical research and considered as a potential therapeutic treatment and cure for cancer.

Cannabinol has the capability to switch off the gene that is responsible for the metastasis in many aggressive forms of cancer. At the same time, it does not have the psychoactive properties of the marijuana plant. It can prevent cancer in addition to reducing insulin dependent diabetes by 58 percent and heart attacks by 66 percent.

The capability of Cannabinol is supported by a recent study conducted in Spain. A Spanish medical team conducted tests in order to see whether cancer can be stopped from growing by cutting off its blood supply through the use of medical marijuana.

The researchers found that administering THC to mice with human tumors initiated autophagy and caused the growth of the tumors to decrease. Two human patients with highly aggressive brain tumors who received intracranial administration of THC also showed similar signs of autophagy upon analysis.

Cannabinoids have been proven to reduce cancer cells as they have a great impact on the rebuilding of the immune system. While not every strain of cannabis has the same effect, more and more patients are seeing success in cancer reduction in a short period of time by using cannabis.

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