Cannabis Kills Brain Cancer Cells, According to Study
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) – a prime component of cannabis – can kill brain cancer cells by causing them to self-digest.
Researchers for the study examined mice subjects which were implanted with human cancer cells, as well as several human subjects with brain tumors, and found that THC causes brain cancer cells to undergo a process called autophagy; according to WebMD, autophagy is the “breakdown of a cell that occurs when the cell essentially self-digests.”
“These results may help to design new cancer therapies based on the use of medicines containing the active principle of marijuana and/or in the activation of autophagy,” says Guillermo Velasco, co-author of the study.
Researchers found no negative effect associated with the THC administered to the subjects of the study, which was published originally in 2009 and was conducted by researchers at Complutense University in Spain