I have several special people in my life that are battling cancer right now. My step dad is fighting cancer for the second time, and it’s something that weighs heavy on my heart, as it also does on everyone else that knows him. Cancer is a horrible thing. Some forms of cancer are found more often in society than others, and some forms of cancer are more serious than others. But all cancer sucks.
There have been numerous studies that have found marijuana to be an effective treatment for cancer. That’s not to say that marijuana cures all cancer, but there is very encouraging research out there that suggest so, and many, many personal stories of marijuana helping patients battle cancer. The results of a study were released today which found that marijuana may be able to treat cervical cancer. Per Motherboard:
Through in vitro, or test tube/petri dish, analysis, researchers from the biochemistry department at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa found that the non-psychotropic cannabinoid, or chemical compound, CBD (cannabidiol), taken from a Cannabis sativa extract, could hold anticarcinogenic properties. They pointed out that cannabis acted on the cancerous cells through apoptosis, or a process of cell death, causing only the cancerous cells to kill themselves, and inhibiting their growth.
Cervical cancer is no longer a leading cause of death as much as it used to be in the United States, thanks in large part to the widespread use of pap smears, but it’s still a widespread threat. And in Sub-Saharan Africa, it kills 250,000 women every year. “This makes it the most lethal cancer amongst black women and calls for urgent therapeutic strategies,” the study’s authors wrote in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal. “In this study we compare the anti-proliferative effects of crude extract of Cannabis sativa and its main compound cannabidiol on different cervical cancer cell lines.”
That’s very encouraging information. Cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix. If it’s caught early, it’s often able to be treated. According to the American Cancer Society, it’s estimated that 12,990 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016, and 4,120 women will die from the disease. If marijuana can help, I say by all means use it. It will not be accompanied by many of the other side effects that other medicines will. Please share the results of this study with anyone and everyone that you think will benefit from the information.
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