Oct 162013
 October 16, 2013

rick simpson oil cannabis cancer medical marijuana skinStudies have shown that marijuana not only helps fight the symptoms of treating cancer but also the disease itself. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, often gets the credit for battling cancer cells, but a new study shows that THC isn’t working alone. The study conducted at St. George’s University of London, led by Dr. Wai Liu, examined six non-hallucinogenic chemicals found in marijuana, called cannabinoids. The study found that each of these chemicals showed anti-cancer properties as effective as THC. Furthermore, when these chemicals are used in combination, they have an even greater impact on cancer cells.

The anti-cancer properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary hallucinogenic component of cannabis, has been recognised for many years, but research into similar cannabis-derived compounds, known as cannabinoids, has been limited.

Of six cannabinoids studied, each demonstrated anti-cancer properties as effective as those seen in THC. Importantly, they had an increased effect on cancer cells when combined with each other.

Dr Liu said: “This study is a critical step in unpicking the mysteries of cannabis as a source of medicine. The cannabinoids examined have minimal, if any, hallucinogenic side effects, and their properties as anti-cancer agents are promising. These agents are able to interfere with the development of cancerous cells, stopping them in their tracks and preventing them from growing. In some cases, by using specific dosage patterns, they can destroy cancer cells on their own.”

Opponents of medical marijuana often claim that the drug is unnecessary because of synthetic drugs like Marinol. However, Marinol contains only THC and none of the other cannabinoids proven to fight cancer, so it delivers only a fraction of the benefits that medical marijuana has to offer.

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  • painkills2

    If Marinol contains THC, then my name is Michelle Obama.

    • Sarijuana

      Hey Michelle! Fancy meeting you here? Sorry – I couldn’t help myself. LOL

      • painkills2

        Man, you caught me exercising, while gardening, while helping with homework, while cookin’ it and fryin’ it up in a pan for my man, and all the while looking just FABBBulous, darling… I’m sorry, what did you say? LOL right back at ya!

    • https://www.facebook.com/svenganja Spencer

      With Marrinol the psychoactive properties out of it so you do not get high…
      At the staggering cost $1500 dollars plus per month..
      Natural cannabis and its preparations tinctures and other plant conversions are probably better for you.

      Edibles being the safest way to ingest cannabis.
      Smoking anything is bad for your cardiovascular system.

      • painkills2

        Dude, Marinol has synthetic THC, so in theory, the psychoactive properties should have been retained, at least somewhat.

  • painkills2

    If Marinol contains THC, then my name is Michelle Obama.

  • Renwick Conolly

    Free the herb! We want to be able to use it in its raw state should we be so inclined…INFORM the populace if you care to..then let them choose what they will have for medicine…

    • painkills2

      We ARE informed. We HAVE chosen.
      Let the 1% have their greenbacks. The 99% get the green bud.
      So let it be written. So let it be done.

  • CANNABIS MAN

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  • chris9465

    And you want see the prohibitionists quoting this study they way they do the debunked keel study on cannabis and mental illness