Marijuana Ingredients Slow Invasion by Cervical and Lung Cancer Cells

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Marijuana Ingredients Slow Invasion by Cervical and Lung Cancer Cells

Dec. 26, 2007 — THC and another marijuana-derived compound slow the
spread of cervical and lung cancers, test-tube studies suggest.

The new findings add to the fast-growing number of animal and cell-
culture studies showing different anticancer effects for
cannabinoids, chemical compounds derived from marijuana.

Cannabinoids, and sometimes marijuana itself, are currently used to
lessen the nausea and pain experienced by many cancer patients. The
new findings — yet to be proven in human studies — suggest that
cannabinoids may have a direct anticancer effect.

“Cannabinoids’ … potential therapeutic benefit in the treatment of
highly invasive cancers should be addressed in clinical trials,”
conclude Robert Ramer, PhD, and Burkhard Hinz, PhD, of the University
of Rostock, Germany.

Might cannabinoids keep dangerous tumors from spreading throughout
the body? Ramer and Hinz set up an experiment in which invasive
cervical and lung cancer cells had make their way through a tissue-
like gel. Even at very low concentrations, the marijuana compounds
THC and methanandamide (MA) significantly slowed the invading cancer
cells.

Doses of THC that reduce pain in cancer patients yield blood
concentrations much higher than the concentrations needed to inhibit
cancer invasion.

“Thus the effects of THC on cell invasion occurred at therapeutically
relevant concentrations, ” Ramer and Hinz note.

The researchers are quick to point out that much more study is needed
to find out whether these test-tube results apply to tumor growth in
animals and in humans.

Ramer and Hinz report the findings in the Jan. 2, 2008 issue of the
Journal of the National Cancer

http://www.webmd. com/cancer/ news/20071226/ pot-slows- cancer-in-
test-tube

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