Harvard Study: Marijuana Slows Cancer Tumor Growth
And not just slows it, but cuts the growth in half.
The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.
They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy.
More evidence to suggest that the scorn and derision often heaped upon the medical use of marijuana is almost assuredly unwarranted. There are valid medical uses for marijuana, though frankly I’d be fine with legalize the drug for no other reason than because people want to use it for recreational and it is, at the very least, no more dangerous than alcohol.Tags: cancer, marijuana, Medical marijuana, war on drugs