The mechanism behind the cannabis plant’s incredible cancer-fighting effects has been revealed in a brand new study by UK scientists..
Scientists have now been able to trace marijuana’s ability to prevent the spread, growth and manifestation of cancer to specific receptors found in tumor cells, known as cannabinoid receptors.
Dr. Peter McCormick of the University of East Anglia (UEA)’s School of Pharmacy explained the findings to Medical News Today:
-THC, the major active component of marijuana, has anti-cancer properties. This compound is known to act through a specific family of cell receptors called cannabinoid receptors.
The study, published last month in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, showed that injecting THC into mice with implanted tumors caused the cells to kill themselves — a process known as autophagy.
It also slowed the growth of tumors in breast and brain cancer cell lines.
While anecdotal reports have suggested that marijuana can fight cancer in some patients, Dr. McCormick notes that pharmaceutical companies have focused on developing synthetics and that the actual mechanisms remain “poorly understood.”
Dr. McCormick and his team hope the discovery will help fast track the development of new cancer treatments.
Here’s the amazing video showing the effects of how cannabis oil works on killing cancer cells:
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