STUDY: Cannabinoids And Chemotherapy Make A Good Team
A new study shows promising results that point to cannabis as a treatment for cancer.
According to a recently published study, cannabinoids, when used sequentially with chemotherapy treatments, are effective in killing leukemia cells and can potentially reduce the effects of chemotherapy.
"We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment,” Dr. Wei Liu of St. George's University of London said in a statement.
Liu led a team of researchers in a study published in the International Journal of Oncology that “tested whether existing chemotherapy treatments worked effectively alongside the cannabinoids, and whether using the drugs in a different order had an effect.”
Turns out, the order in which the drugs were used did have an effect: They killed some b*tch-ass cancer cells.
"These extracts are highly concentrated and purified, so smoking marijuana will not have a similar effect,” Liu said. “But cannabinoids are a very exciting prospect in oncology, and studies such as ours serve to establish the best ways that they should be used to maximize a therapeutic effect."
The marijuana plant contains many active cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol (AKA THC), for example, is the psychoactive cannabinoid that gets you lit. Whereas cannabidiol, or CBD, is the non-psychoactive element that sees a wide range of uses for various medicinal treatment.
And Liu’s team’s discovery is a big deal. According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, “In 2017, there are an estimated 816,634 people living with, or in remission from, lymphoma in the US [alone]."
As restrictions on cannabis research are lifted, studies such as Liu’s show us that the drug is more than just weed, man. It’s medicine.