Cannabis chemicals Helping Reduce Prostate Cancer Tumors – In Mice
Posted Aug 19 2009 5:04pm
This is an early study and looks at the chemicals in pot, so don’t get your hopes up yet that if you smoke pot that you will be safe from getting prostate cancer and your California pot card won’t help you out in this department yet. It is fascinating how we are finding the properties in items such as cannabis to have some potential cures or treatments locked inside. The delivery method too may change too as research and development continues. BD
LONDON (Reuters) – Chemicals in cannabis have been found to stop prostate cancer cells from growing in the laboratory, suggesting that cannabis-based medicines could one day help fight the disease, scientists said Wednesday.
After working initially with human cancer cell lines, Ines Diaz-Laviada and colleagues from the University of Alcala in Madrid also tested one compound on mice and discovered it produced a significant reduction in tumor growth.
Their research, published in the British Journal of Cancer, underlines the growing interest in the medical use of active chemicals called cannabinoids, which are found in marijuana. In effect, the cancer cell receptors can recognize and "talk to" chemicals found in cannabis, said Diaz-Laviada.
Experts, however, stressed that the research was still exploratory and many more years of testing would be needed to work out how to apply the findings to the treatment of cancer in humans.