Seeing Is Believing: THC Has a Lethal Effect on Cancer Cells
Research over the past decade or so has successfully been showing the great potential of cannabis and, more specifically, the practice of using cannabinoids in cannabis – THC and CBD – to shrink and inhibit the growth of tumors.
While it hasn’t been enough to shake up the status quo, these preliminary findings are more than enough to demand further study and for lawmakers to starting taking the medicinal properties of cannabis seriously.
The most compelling evidence of THC’s ability to kill tumor cells comes from a time-lapse video taken with a microscope over a period of 20 hours. The video shows the cannabinoid killing actual human tumor cells from an active tumor (on the right) and leaving healthy cells (on the left) alone.
This video originated from experiments to determine whether THC could stop the growth of human glioblastoma multiforma (GBM) brain cancer cells, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Previous experiments had shown promising results with rats.
Using the same tests that are used to judge the effectiveness of new chemotherapies, scientists Sean McAllister, Ph.D. and Garret Yount, Ph.D. discovered that
THC kills human GBM cells at a concentration that is non-toxic to normal brain cells.
Drs. McAllister and Yount are members of the SETH Group, an interdisciplinary team of scientists working to radically improve the health and survival of cancer patients. The group focuses on ways to test promising new therapies that could be integrated with conventional cancer treatment.
Dr. McAllister is also a noted cancer researcher, credited for having discovered CBD’s ability to kill breast cancer cells and inhibit tumor growth.
In a climate where the need for research on cannabis is dire and yet extremely restricted, we applaud the work of Dr. McAllister and the SETH Group.
It is our hope that the impact of such tangible proof as this video of cannabis’ potential to save lives will enable necessary changes in legislation and allow for greater research opportunities in the near future.
To learn more about the different kinds of research being done to uncover the anti-cancer properties of cannabis, please read our Knowledge Center article, “Can Cannabis Kill Cancer?”
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