New and existing research shows that cannabis consumption can actually aid in killing different kinds of cancer cells.
Marijuana has been used as a medicine for centuries, although it is only recently that it has been the victim of prohibition in many countries. However, times are changing, and legalisation of the substance is happening quickly, which is extremely fortunate for those who use cannabis for its wellness properties. Scientific research is beginning to demonstrate that some, if not all, of the compounds within cannabis plants actually have powerful healing effects against all kinds of ailments. You may find it difficult to comprehend, but cannabis is also shown as being able to combat different types of cancer, such as leukaemia.
Leukaemia is a form of blood cancer and isn’t known as of yet to have any particular cause – though genetics, smoking, exposure to chemicals and radiation are said to be some potential risk factors. Hundreds of thousands of people contract the disease every year and the medical community are still no closer to a cure. Leukaemia is characterised by the malignancy of blood cells, meaning that abnormal white blood cells are overproduced – in a normal body, white blood cells should only make up about 1% of total blood. Uncontrolled growth of these cells, caused by the disease, can result in hazardous bleeding and infection. The symptoms that come with it are no better as pain in bones and joints, drowsiness, irregular bleeding, weight loss and fevers are all too common. The treatments available for leukaemia aren’t any better either, with devastating side effects occurring during chemotherapy and radiation.
Although, there may be hope. The International Journal of Oncology states that cannabinoids have demonstrated anticancer activity when used on their own, and some even state that combining them gives off more powerful wellness effects. Furthermore, consuming cannabinoids after chemotherapy is reported to encourage the destruction of cancerous cells. Another study by the journal BioMed Central Cancer even proposes that cannabis, specifically THC, can mediate cell death and disrupt tumour growth.
The research that has been done so far is incredibly encouraging and so it seems likely that marijuana compounds will have a vital part to play in the future of cancer treatment. Even if this isn’t the case, it has long been accepted that cannabis can ease pain and so at least cancer patients have the comfort of knowing their symptoms can be dulled, even if slightly. I am by no means claiming that cannabis is a complete be-all and end-all cure for such a horrific disease, but it definitely gives me, and I hope you, hope.