Friday, 31 July 2009

Marijuana Has Anti-Cancer Properties

The active ingredient in marijuana appears to target cancerous brain cells for destruction while leaving healthy cells alone, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Complutense University in Madrid, and published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Researchers first conducted an experiment in mice that had been engineered to carry three different grafts of human brain cancer. They injected the mice daily with the molecule tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) near the site of the tumors once each day. The chemical appeared to stimulate the cancerous cells to engage in a process known as autophagy, in which cells initiate their own breakdown.

"These results may help to design new cancer therapies based on the use of medicines containing the active principle of marijuana and/or in the activation of autophagy," researcher Guillermo Velasco said.

I don't advocate taking any mind altering drugs since they mess with your head, but if something can be made of the chemical properties found in cannabis, that will save lives, then I'm all for it.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31th, 2009.]

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