Cancer and medical Marijuana

Cancer comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the various cancers that exist all consist of abnormal malignant cells that grow and spread throughout the body. Every year cancer claims the lives of millions on a global scale. There is no known cure for the disease, but various treatments exist, and as research on cannabis expands, we hope to add it to that list of treatment options. 

The National Cancer Institute has claimed, "Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow." It has also shown the ability to kill cancer cells without damaging normal cells in the body, unlike other cancer treatment options. Experts say isolating cannabinoids may be insufficient in treating cancer, but cannabinoids like CBC can enhance the efficacy of other cannabinoids like THC and CBD, creating a powerful effect when destroying cancer cells.  

Unfortunately, the research to support this evidence is insufficient. Most of the evidence we rely on is anecdotal, and the majority of what clinical trials exist have either involved non-human species or conducted outside of the U.S. We are in desperate need of more widespread clinical trials that involve a large population of patients and use consistent dosing methods. For a more detailed look at what evidence exists involving medical marijuana and cancer, or for suggestions on specific strains that have a powerful impact in the fight against cancer, take a look at Whaxy: