More Evidence: Marijuana Causes Cancer Cells To Commit Suicide

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Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist from Compultense University in Madrid, first reported in 1998 that TetraHydroCannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, induces tumor cell suicide while leaving healthy non-tumor cells alone. She discovered that when exposed to THC, tumor cells not only ceased to multiply and proliferate but also destroyed themselves, both in lab tests and animal trials.

A Harvard study from 2007, which remains the most comprehensive ever released on THC’s potential to combat tumors, also found that in just three weeks, doses of THC were able to cut lung cancer tumor growth in half in mice subjects and were able to reduce cancer lesions by even more.

Chemical components of Cannabis, called cannabinoids, activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects, particularly in the central nervous system and the immune system. Commercially available cannabinoids, dronabinol and nabilone, are FDA approved drugs for the treatment of cancer-related side effects.

When inhaled or consumed, cannabis cannabinoids are incorporated into the body’s natural endocannabinoid system that regulates a lot of biological functions such as appetite, food intake, motor behavior, and reproduction among others. Because of this, tumor cells are thrust into a state of apoptosis, meaning they self-destruct.

Sanchez explains, “Cells can die in different ways, and after cannabinoid treatment, they were dying in the clean way – they were committing suicide. One of the advantages of cannabinoids is that they target, specifically, the tumor cells. They don’t have any toxic effect on normal, non-tumor cells. And this is an advantage with respect to standard chemotherapy, which targets basically everything. I cannot understand why in the US cannabis is under Schedule I, because it is pretty obvious, not only from our work, but from the work of many other researchers, that the plant has very wide therapeutic potential.”

The federal government recently admitted that cannabis is effective in shrinking certain types of cancer cells. The unexpected and groundbreaking declaration was made in a recent update to a National Institute on Drug Abuse information sheet on medical marijuana. The NIDA statement read: Recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.


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28 COMMENTS

  1. We have been searching for a plant in Jungles all across the world that can help fight cancer naturally, and the whole f’ing time, we had made it illegal.

    • Study Demonstrates Smoking Pot Doesn’t Cause Lung Cancer, No Matter The Frequency Or Amount • May 15, 2013

      The largest study ever conducted on marijuana’s relevance to lung cancer has come up with some somewhat surprising results. The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse funded the University of California at Los Angeles study, which found that smoking marijuana does not cause lung cancer, and it doesn’t seem to matter how much or how often it is smoked.

      Donald Tashkin, a pulmonologist at UCLA, has studied marijuana for 30 years. Furthermore, Tashkin’s work has previously established a tenuous link between marijuana smoking and negative health effects. For example, he found that marijuana tar contained higher concentrations of cancer-causing substances, and because of that and the fact that marijuana smokers hold smoke deep in their lungs for an extended period of time, it previously seemed likely that the health effects of prolonged exposure would become increasingly damaging:

      Earlier work established that marijuana does contain cancer-causing chemicals as potentially harmful as those in tobacco, he said. However, marijuana also contains the chemical THC, which he said may kill aging cells and keep them from becoming cancerous.

      The heaviest marijuana smokers had lighted up more than 22,000 times, while moderately heavy usage was defined as smoking 11,000 to 22,000 marijuana cigarettes. Tashkin found that even the very heavy marijuana smokers showed no increased incidence of the three cancers studied.

      “This is the largest case-control study ever done, and so I believe these results have real meaning.” (The Washington Post)

      http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/05/15/study-smoking-pot-cause-lung-cancer/

  2. The whole thing about marijuana use in America is not about its citizens health but it has everything to do with revenue….we live in a capitalist society and money is superior than human lives even your family member.

  3. growing up in San Francisco in the late 60’s I learned that Weed will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no weed.

    • Yes. You see, you actually get cancer every day. Normally, your immune system catches the glitching cell and kills it. When it misses it, that’s when cancer happens. Oh, right, I should explain. Cancer is, to make things simple, when a cell gets stuck in the reproduction phase of the cell lifespan. It begins uncontrollably growing, which is what tumors are. That’s why different types of cancer are different, and why they correspond to your cells. Bone cancer doesn’t cause tumors, it causes terrifying bone spikes. It would look metal af as armor, but it’s basically bone spurs everywhere. So now you know a basic explanation of how cancer works, and knowing is half the battle.

  4. those who want pot legalized jump all over these studies as proof they should be allowed to get it easily and legally. these lab studies are NOT using the entire plant they are extracting certain chemicals from them and using that specific element for these experiments. I still believe making pot available for recreational use is wrong but support the use of THC found in it for medical purposes.I doubt very much THC in low concentrates does anything .

    • Why do you oppose legalization? It doesn’t kill you. It doesn’t make your liver die. It doesn’t give you cancer. It doesn’t make you go riot when your team loses. It doesn’t make you go riot when your team wins. It doesn’t make you pass out and puke, causing you to choke on your own puke. It doesn’t just outright kill you if you consume too much of it. It doesn’t make you more likely to mistreat your family. It doesn’t make you more likely to kill yourself. Alcohol does all of that. You know what pot does? Treats more diseases than I can list, of both mental and physical variety. If you’re thinking of bringing up smoking and driving, shhhhhh. That’s not pot’s fault. That’s idiots. Pure and simple. I can get drunk or high and either way, I’m not gonna drive. Tons of people out there are the same way. Pot and alcohol aren’t to blame when you drive intoxicated. Your own idiot ass is. And that’s “you” in the general context, not you specifically, Dean.

      • Can I kiss you PostHumanHeresy?

        I dont drink or smoke anything, but i think in general the war on drugs is bullshit. Everything should be legalized and humans should have the right to eat/drink/consume anything that can save or kill them. At the end of the day, we all die anyways. It pisses me off when someone who -just because they dont like it-wants to get rid of it. It’s not even because of their “moral code” half/or so of the smokers and drinkers think it shouldnt be legalized…its just that the idiots have been programmed to think its badd for so long..they fear the change even when science says that whats legal is more dangerous to a human than what isn’t legal-in terms of marijuana.

        I dont care if its for science or recreational use, i say “make it legal!”

        The only thing they should change is how to make it less possible for people to drink/smoke and drive. Like….if someone went to a bar…they had to give the key to someone in the back..and then when the person wanted to leave…they checked to see if they were intoxicated…if they were -sorry, youre not getting your car key back. It’s either taxi or someone comes and gets you. or walk home. Dont care”. And this could be applied to all legal drug places as well. If there was ..say..a…place for people to go get high..they would either be tested to see if they were allowed to drive home..wait there a little longer to be able to drive…etc….

        See where I’m going? I feel like i just solved majority of car crashes caused by intoxication….lol!!!!

        Let it be known that if anyone uses this tactic in the future(i hope they attempt it), that it was I, the girl with the fake name, Violet, you came up with this idea. XD

    • I see the recreational use of alcohol, way more severe than the recreational use of marijuana. Alcohol is socially accepted, and readily sold for you at your local businesses. People abusing alcohol not only suffer health issues caused by it to their stomachs, livers, kidneys and so on, but they are also left in a state where they’re unable to correctly judge a situation and losing all motor skills. People drunk that drive not only risk their own lives, but the lives of others. People drunk that wreck chaos in the streets either by vandalising the public space or being aggressive. People drunk that go home and beat their spouses and kids. I’d get my head out of my ass and re-think logic. Not only that, but the excessive use of alcohol can be deadly, or will get you on your way there sooner.

      In the other hand, recreational use of marijuana does not make an individual stressed, violent, lose basic motor skills. Neither can you overdose on it as it’s humanly impossible. No one has ever suffered a mortal car accident due to being stoned. The only downside to marijuana is being illegal. Not because I want to get it “easily and legally”, you have no idea how effortless it is to get weed, I can literally step in a shop, buy weed, smoke in their premisses while I have a coffee and I’m in London, it’s illegal here. But by being illegal, it forces it’s trade to be somewhat dodgy, being linked to criminal organizations. However, being legal would eliminate drug related crime for a lot.

      I grew up in Portugal, it’s decriminalized there. Any drugs is, even the heavier ones. You can legally carry up to 10 doses and not face charges. You won’t even be placed under arrest. It’s the best thing the country has made towards drug policies as drug transmitted diseases like HIV went down 95%, there was a rise of +80% addicts seeking professional health, and there was a decline on addicts through-out the country. See, with legal support, people actually rise up from the social fear and feel comfortable enough to seek help. Astounding. In the meanwhile, in your backwards ancient brain of yours, you “still believe making pot available for recreational use is wrong”. This world and it’s logics, all up-side down.

  5. directed at several people above: This article is referring to the compound THC and its effects on cancer cells, not about how smoking weed cures cancer.

  6. Sure THC has been tested because that is the active principal of the plant. So how do you (stupid) get it into your body if not smoking, baking…. Can´t believe the pseudo intellectual farts around. The other point not mentioned here is that cannabis already being patented in the US (ie Marinol)6 years ago at least.
    Good article which I may extend with some research on the different types of cannabis?

  7. My husband has recently been told they think he has melinoma cancer in his eye, we are waiting for another test and opinion, would this help him, he’s already an avid smoker due to an old back issue

    • In response to your question: “My husband has recently been told they think he has melinoma cancer in his eye, we are waiting for another test and opinion, would this help him, he’s already an avid smoker due to an old back issue?”
      Yes, the THC in marijuana will help. My brother in law had stage 4 cancer. When he took the chemo treatments, he never stopped smoking marijuana and he is clear of cancer now (2.5 years, cancer free). Also, you may try freelife international and order the hymalayian goji juice: a friend of mine is cancer free from colon cancer. Also there is essaic tea: order from remedies.net: Two pastor friends of ours, are cancer free after drinking the tea. Alas, marijuana won’t hurt him.

    • I’ve heard that the proper dosing method for present cancer, is to take a dropper full of cannabis oil under your tongue and not swallow for as long as you can. Due this before every meal, at least three time a day. Non psychoactive cannabis oil can be easily made so you won’t be heavily stoned all the time. This allows direct access to the blood stream for cannabinoids without going through your stomach only. This method is believed to deliver a 70% ingestion of cannabinoids compared to 30% for stomach delivery.

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