Cannabinoid Receptor Activation Can Combat Skin Cancer, According to New study

A new study published by the National Institute of Health has found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors can combat skin cancer.

Activiation of the body's cannabinoid receptors helps with a number of diseases and ailments, including skin cancer according to this new study.

Activiation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors helps with a number of diseases and ailments, including skin cancer according to this new study.

According to researchers at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Pisa in Italy; “Cannabinoids are implicated in the control of cell proliferation, but little is known about the role of the endocannabinoid system in human malignant melanoma [the deadliest form of skin cancer]. This study was aimed at characterizing the in vitro antitumor activity of anandamide [a naturally occurring cannabinoid] in A375 melanoma cells.”

The study concludes that; “Overall, these findings demonstrate that AEA¬†[anadamide] induces cytotoxicity against human melanoma cells in the micromolar range of concentrations through a complex mechanism, which involves COX-2 and LOX-derived product synthesis and CB1 activation”. This demonstrates that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors – which cannabis does naturally – has strong anticancer capabilities.

A study released earlier this year found similar results; using cannabinoids on mice, researchers were able to reduce skin cancer by 90% in just 20 weeks.

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