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.