Study Finds THC Inhibits the Growth of Melanoma Skin Cancer

cannabudTetrahydrocannabinol (THC) inhibits melanoma tumor growth, according to a study published in the October, 2015 issue of the journal Life Science, and published online by the National Institute of Health. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, killing nearly 10,000 people annually.

For the study, researchers examined the effect of cannabis-derived THC on the growth of melanoma “in vitro and in vivo in wild type (WT) and CB1/CB2-receptor deficient mice (Cnr1/2-/-). Next, they “evaluated the role of the endogenous cannabinoid system by studying the growth of chemically induced melanomas, fibrosarcoma and papillomas in WT and Cnr1/2-/- mice.”

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