Study: Weed Cures Cancer
Many have long touted the medicinal effects of the largely-illegal drug marijuana. Now, with some scientific proof that the drug has some real benefits, maybe it will change law enforcement perspective. Researchers have found that the active ingredient in weed has cancer-fighting benefits.
Science Daily writes:
Guillermo Velasco and colleagues, at Complutense University, Spain, have provided evidence that suggests that cannabinoids such as the main active component of marijuana (THC) have anticancer effects on human brain cancer cells.
In the study, THC was found to induce the death of various human brain cancer cell lines and primary cultured human brain cancer cells by a process known as autophagy.
Consistent with the in vitro data, administration of THC to mice with human tumors decreased tumor growth and induced the tumor cells to undergo autophagy. As analysis of tumors from two patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (a highly aggressive brain tumor) receiving intracranial THC administration showed signs of autophagy, the authors suggest that cannabinoid administration may provide a new approach to targeting human cancers.
Cannabinoid action induces autophagy-mediated cell death through stimulation of ER stress in human glioma cells.
So, all of those weed dispensaries will be getting busier.