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New Study: THC May Treat Inflammatory Diseases and Cancer By Altering Genes

An intriguing new government funded study published by the Journal of Biological Chemistry has found that THC may actually alter certain genes in our body, which may result in a positive effect on a number of conditions, especially cancers and inflammatory diseases.

An image of a microRNA molecule.

An image of a microRNA molecule.

Researchers using rat models found that THC positively altered 13 different microRNAs, including mir-690, which is strongly linked to inflammatory responses; the study claims that; “Among the differentially expressed, miRNA-690 was highly overexpressed in THC-MDSC (~16 fold)”.

According to researchers; “Select miRNA such as mir-690 targeting genes involved in myeloid expansion and differentiation likely play crucial roles in this process and therefore in cannabinoid-induced immunosuppression.”

They conclude that these results indicate that THC may treat “inflammatory diseases as well as cancer.”

The study was funded by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

- TheJointBlog

3 comments

  1. medical marijuana seeds

    It is know for centuries that marijuana has a medical aspect. Good to see that more and more studies are supporting it.

  2. Pete

    I am always intrigued by how quick medical information changes. I am glad that someone is studying to find out what is the best out there that can help humanity. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Storm Crow

    This is NOT exactly “new news”! Back in 2007, “Cannabidiol as a novel inhibitor of Id-1 gene expression in aggressive breast cancer cells”, discussed how CBD “silences” the ID-1 gene that makes triple negative breast cancer cells revert to a normal state! The study is available online and in “Granny Storm Crow’s List”.

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