Cancer begins in your cells, which are the building blocks of your body. Normally, your body forms new cells as you need them, replacing old cells that die. Sometimes this process goes wrong. New cells grow even when you don’t need them, and old cells don’t die when they should. These extra cells can form a mass called a tumour.

Medical marijuana cannabis research relating to cancer suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) found in the cannabis or marijuana plant has the ability to reduce cancer in patients.

Tumours can be benign or malignant. Benign tumours aren’t cancer while malignant ones are. Cells from malignant tumours can invade nearby tissues. They can also break away and spread to other parts of the body.

Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for where they start. For example, lung cancer starts in the lung, and breast cancer starts in the breast. The spread of cancer from one part of the body to another is called metastasis. Symptoms and treatment depend on the cancer type and how advanced it is. Most treatment plans may include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. Some may involve hormone therapy, biologic therapy, or stem cell transplantation.

Types of Cancer

Medical Marijuana Efficiency

Cannabinoids, the active components of the strain ‘Sativa’ and their derivatives exert palliative effects in cancer patients by preventing nausea, vomiting and by stimulating appetite. They also have been found in some cases to exert curative effects by causing cell death and tumour reduction. They occur naturally in all cannabis plants. Currently there are 85 known separate cannabinoids in each plant. The two main cannabinoids, Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), are the most effective in the treatment of cancer.

Cannabinoids come into effect by binding to cannabinoid receptors (found in all humans) which fuel the endocannabinoid system producing similar chemical compounds to the cannabinoids.

 

Clinical Research on Cancer and Medical Marijuana Cannabis