Not that long ago, the thought of using marijuana for medicinal purposes was a laughable offense. However, more research has shown the numerous ways in which cannabis can heal maladies, from migraines to back pain to nerve damage. Even more impressive than its pain-fighting abilities, though, is the potential that marijuana can actually cure some types of cancer. Read on to learn how cannabis is effective in treating certain cancers.
1. Breast Cancer
It is estimated that about 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in her life. Although this statistic is scary, a study found in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics showed that THC dramatically reduced breast cancer tumor growth. Molecular Cancer also published a study, showing that THC clearly reduced tumor proliferation, and induced apoptosis in cancer cells. The National Academy of Sciences of the Unites States of America has also supplied evidence that shows the effectiveness of cannabis in reducing breast cancer cells.
2. Blood Cancer
A study published in Molecular Pharmacology showed that cannabinoids found in marijuana can inhibit growth of mantel lymphoma cells and initiate apoptosis. Another study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine suggested that marijuana may also effectively treat leukemia as well.
3. Lung Cancer
One of the deadliest of all the cancers, lung cancer may also have a strong enemy in the form of marijuana. Oncogene published a study that showed that THC inhibited epithelial growth factor, which has promising opportunities in treating lung cancer. The U.S. National Library of Medicine also published studies that supported the belief that cannabis inhibits cancer cell growth. Although this may seem counterintuitive (since many believe that smoking anything will increase your risk of lung cancer), it appears that our bodies may treat tobacco and marijuana differently, with the latter being a cancer fighter.
4. Brain Cancer
The British Journal of Cancer published a study in which it was shown that THC (found in cannabis) may inhibit tumor growth. A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience went one step further and showed that in rats that consumed THC, neural damage was lessened. Because brain cancer is often difficult to treat with chemotherapy or radiation, it is that much more exciting that marijuana may soon be shown to clearly cure brain cancer.
5. Prostate Cancer
One of the most common cancers among men, prostate cancer may also be treatable with marijuana. The U.S. National Library of Medicine has published numerous studies which have outlines the effectiveness of cannabis in reducing prostate cancer cells in the body. [1, 2, 3]
Three Others Cancers Treatable with Marijuana
Although fewer studies have been done on other types of cancers, early research is promising. Many believe that marijuana may also effectively treat oral, liver, and pancreatic cancers. If you are dealing with a cancer diagnosis and want to explore the possibilities of using marijuana to expedite your recovery, speak with your physician or a cannabis expert.
While many of us have been told throughout our lives that marijuana is a bad drug, that’s simply not all true. This natural drug has some powerful medicinal abilities; we just need to learn to harness its powers correctly.