New Study Shows THC May Reduce Tumor Size
August 7th, 2014
Policy, Top News
Most clinical research on cannabis has been focused on cannabidiols (“CBDs”) rather than tetrahydrocannabinols (“THCs”). Given their psychoactive effects responsible for the experience of “getting high”, THCs have been largely responsible for the failure of both medical and recreational legalization efforts for decades. The legalization of medical marijuana, however, has spurred an increase in research.
A new study on mice found that a previously unknown signaling platform may be responsible for the success of the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis in reducing tumor size. In particular, scientists found that the receptors that THC affects have secondary effects on many other biological systems and identifying new receptor targets could present opportunities for new anti-cancer therapies.
However, the researchers caution that there are more than 200 million cannabis users around the world and cancer is not absent in that cohort of people, which suggests that smoking the drug is not likely to prevent cancer. The goal for researchers is to instead develop targeted and specific compounds by synthesizing parts of the THC compound designed to act in very specific ways.
According to the National Cancer Institute, cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis invasion and metastasis. Mover, cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death.
In the end, the increasing research centered on cannabis and cancer could yield new treatment options for cancer patients over the coming years.
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