The healing properties of cannabis are known for many centuries, but for some reason the scientific studies about this plant were avoided for years.
Luckily, times are changing and it seems that Kris Carr is slowly getting a place in medicine it deserves.
So far, few studies conducted by eminent experts confirmed that certain cannabis parts can be very helpful when they are used as addition to radiotherapy treatment of brain cancer. In some cases, the growth of these tumors can be stopped and eliminated.
The latest research conducted by a group of experts at St. George’s University of London, was focused on the treatment of brain cancer in lab conditions and the final results were amazing.
The experts have concluded that patients who got the best results from the treatment were the ones that used a combination of active chemical components found in the cannabis plant known as cannabinoids.
Reactions of Cannabis Extract on Brain Cancer
There are several different components like these, but two of them called cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THS) and their reactions were studied specifically in cases of brain cancer. They were chosen because some earlier studies have suggested their positive impact. Another reason why scientists are especially interested in finding ways to treat brain cancer is the fact that the rate of survival after five years of suffering from this disease is around 10%.
Cannabinoids are a class of active chemical compounds that include phytocannabinoids. There are more than 80 different cannabinoids in each cannabis plant, but this number can become higher because the science has not fully studied the structure of cannabis.
This latest study is the first that revealed the radical effects of CBD and THC combination with the process of irradiation. So far, this combination was used on lab mice and most tests showed that the growing tumors in mice were slowed down or even stopped thanks to the combination of CBD and THC with the process of irradiation.
According to Dr. Wai Liu, lead researcher on the project, the results they got exceeded their expectations. They have made tests using different approaches – without treatment, by using cannabinoids, by using irradiation and by using a combination of both irradiation and THC/CBD.
The results have undeniably confirmed that the mice treated with a combination of cannabinoids and irradiation showed progress. The growth of tumor was slowed and eventually the size of the tumors was reduced. In many cases the brain cancer tumor was eliminated after series of treatments. These results are clear sign that the tests should definitely be used in humans too.
Truth to be told, the beneficial effects of cannabis plant parts were known before, but those studies were not so thorough and they were focused on researching the effects of cannabinoids used alone – without irradiation.
This is definitely good and promising news for the patients who have recently found that they are suffering from brain cancer.
The research team is currently considering to start conducting tests in a human clinical trial.
This research has been published for the first time in the eminent Molecular Cancer Therapeutic journal.