For quite some time, cannabinoids—the biologically active components in marijuana—have been hypothesized as an effective means for reducing cancer-treatment–related symptoms. And a new review provides evidence that backs up the stuff’s potential anti-tumor effects as well.
“Although medical cannabis is well-supported in the literature for symptom reduction from cancer treatment or the disease itself, there are many claims that cannabis can treat cancer itself.” —Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD
“Although medical cannabis is well-supported in the literature for symptom reduction from cancer treatment or the disease itself, there are many claims that cannabis can treat cancer itself,” said Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program at NorthShore University HealthSystem, in a press release.
According to the research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, when cannabinoids activate signaling pathways in cancer cells, apoptosis is stimulated—a mechanism that can actually inhibit the growth of a tumor. Yep, as in it could potentially stop the growth of bad cells right in their tracks.
Although more research still needs to be done on a wider population of candidates, researchers think cannabinoids could be a promising therapy for treating cancer. But until then, you can still reap the reputed benefits of the stuff in other ways, whether that means helping to fight inflammation, easing chronic pain, treating insomnia, or ridding yourself of PMS-related discomfort.