Study: Cannabinoids Can Inhibit Growth of Carcinoma Cancer Cells, Program them to Die

budcannaA new study published by the U.S. National Institute of Health has found that cannabinoids can inhibit the growth of carcinoma cancer cells, and can essentially program currently active cancer cells to die.

For the study, researchers at Guangzhou Medical University in China examined the effects of a synthetic cannabinoid (WIN55, 212-2) on “the proliferation, invasion and migration of SMMC-7721 hepatocellular carcinoma cells and its underlying mechanisms”. Carcinoma is a type of cancer that develops from epithelial cells.

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Study Finds Cannabis May Treat Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Liver Cancer)

purplecannabisHepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer, is the leading cause of cancer-associated mortality worldwide. Despite this, only limited therapeutic treatments are currently available. However, according to a new study published in the journal Molecular Medicine Report, cannabis may provide a treatment option for the disease.

“The present study aimed to investigate the effects of cannabinoids as novel therapeutic targets in HCC”, states the study’s abstract. Using synethtic cannabinoids on cell lines, researchers found that they inhibited the growth of HCC and led to┬ácell cycle arrest.

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