Research has determined that marijuana may actually kill off brain cancer cells!
The study, which was reported in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's "Pot Blog" this week, was authored by three researchers from St. George's University in London and published in this month's Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal. They used THC- and cannabidiol-rich extract of whole plant marijuana to target cancer cells in tumors associated with high-grade glioma, which is one of the most aggressive types of the disease. What they found was that the particular extract they used actually destroyed cancer cells - and the higher the dose or the longer the treatment period, the more cancer cells were eliminated. In addition, the researchers noted that pre-treating cancer cells with the THC and cannabidiol for four hours prior to radiation helps improve the efficacy of that therapy. But perhaps the most startling result was that glioma tumors in mice that were treated with the marijuana components shrunk to about 10% of the size of the untreated tumors.
It's studies like these that make you scratch your head and wonder why marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance by the federal government. These drugs are the ones deemed to have "no medical benefits" and a high incidence of abuse.
But if the active ingredients in pot can actually combat cancer, then shouldn't marijuana by definition be removed from the list of Schedule I drugs?