The question: Cancer…

The answer: Cannabis.

I bet you weren’t expecting that, but, cannabis has been shown to inhibit cancer growth!

We’ve known for a very long time that marijuana has an effect on cancer growth, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that our first real research was done.

There was a study done on mice with lung adenocarcinoma (a cancer that forms in the mucous glands of the lungs), where scientists used medical marijuana to inhibit cancer growth. Those very happy and fortunate mice who were included saw reductions in tumor growth as well as an increase in their life span.

Although this is an animal study, it did demonstrate to the scientific community that medical marijuana may have a place in the treatment of cancer.

The question the scientific community needed to answer next was: Precisely how did cannabis help the mice to inhibit cellular growth of their cancer? Of course, there are cannabinoid receptors covering your entire body, but most commonly they are found in the brain and other organs as CBD1 receptors – and in the immune system as CBD2 receptors.

These receptors respond to three types of stimulation:

  • Endogenous cannabinoids (found in the body),

  • Plant derived cannabinoids, such as medical marijuana, or

  • Synthetic cannabinoids which are manufactured in medical labs across the world.

All of these biological, synthetic or plant-based options stimulate the receptors to accelerate the immune response, helping to combat cancer.

Two of the key hallmarks of cancer are 1) unregulated cell growth and 2) the inability for cell death to occur. These both occur through damage to the DNA, resulting in CANCER.

Medical marijuana appears to reduce cellular proliferation by inhibiting the cyclic AMP protein kinase, which results in an activation in MAPKS and also in PA13K Akt systems.

These systems are all enzymatic systems that are very involved in the transfer of energy within the cells, as well as the management of cellular growth.

Cannabis works by increasing cell death, achieved by stimulating ceramide synthesis, which upregulates P8 and moves the cell into a persistent cell cycle at the G1 phase of growth, limiting the cell’s ability to grow as well as helping it die quicker.

Cannabis is a wonderful tool in the journey to conquer cancer and help patients live a longer, happier life (plus it helps decrease nausea and increase appetite!).

Ask your doctor for a prescription today!

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