The implications of this finding are huge.
Despite over 100 studies confirming that cannabis oil effectively treats cancer, the plant is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug at a Federal level in the United States and is prohibited elsewhere around the world. Based on new research, this is likely to change, as it has been revealed that cannabinoids — the active chemicals in cannabis — make chemotherapy more effective.
According to Science Daily, groundbreaking research conducted by St. George’s University in London has confirmed that cannabinoids are effective in killing leukemia cells. The data shows that cannabinoids are especially effective when paired when chemotherapy treatments.
Researchers concluded that a sequential use of an initial dose of chemotherapy followed by cannabinoids significantly improved overall results against the blood cancer cells. Furthermore, because chemotherapy treatments with cannabinoids had better results than chemotherapy alone, it is believed a similar level of effect can be attained by using a lower dose of chemotherapy. In simpler terms, scientists suspect that lower doses of chemotherapy are needed when a patient includes cannabis oil in their regime.
Dr. Wai Liu, lead researcher, commented:
“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.”
“These extracts are highly concentrated and purified, so smoking marijuana will not have a similar effect. 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 maximise a therapeutic effect,” he added.
To determine these findings, researchers looked at cancer cells in the laboratory and tried different combinations of cannabinoids against leukemia cells. A number of factors were taken into consideration, such as the effects of certain drugs and the order in which they were taken.
Though more research needs to be conducted, this finding has huge implications. Additionally, it has already prompted new clinical studies. In time, cannabis may be available for all to partake in both medically and recreationally because, without a doubt, it is the safest mind-altering substance a human can consume.
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Written by: Amanda Froelich
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