Cannabis Studied for Anti-Cancer Effects

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A future round of anti-cancer drugs may come from a surprising source: the cannabis plant.

Potential Benefits of Cannabis for Cancer

“There is still a need for additional anti-cancer drugs,” said Burkhard Hinz, PhD, who noted that studies have shown “anti-cancer effects on several levels of cancer progression.” His new review of previous research found positive effects from phytocannabinoids, which occur naturally in cannabis. Potential benefits include:

  • Stopping cancer cells from dividing and invading normal tissue.
  • Blocking blood supply to tumors.
  • Enhancing the body’s immune response against the growth and spread of tumors.
Sources: 

“Cannabinoids May Have a Vast Array of Anti-cancer Benefits,” Wiley, 7/18/18