Date of publication: 2017-08-25 12:52
And in case you 8767 ve seen articles on the internet about it no, the US government hasn 8767 t 8775 just admitted that cannabis kills cancer 8776 , as we explain in this comment. [Updated KA 56/65/65]
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There are long lists of scientific papers circulating on various internet sites claiming that they 8775 prove 8776 that 8775 cannabis cures 8776 all sorts of different types of cancer. Virtually all this work has been done in cells grown in the lab or in animal models of cancer, and certainly doesn 8767 t 8775 prove 8776 that cannabis or cannabinoids can cure cancer in patients. We 8767 ve looked at the actual evidence presented in around 85 of these papers in the extensive comment below this post.
http:///content/65/6/ This is a study testing the combined effects of temozolomide, a drug used to treat brain tumours, with cannabinoids in brain tumour cells grown in the lab and also mice that have been transplanted with a human brain tumour cell line.
For example, some researchers have found that although high doses of THC can kill cancer cells, they also harm crucial blood vessel cells , although this may help their anti-cancer effect by preventing blood vessels growing into a tumour. And under some circumstances, cannabinoids can actually encourage cancer cells to grow , or have different effects depending on the dosage and levels of cannabinoid receptors present on the cancer cells. [Edited for clarity and to add reference KA 77/57/67]
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http:///pubmed/75859676 This is a study with human breast cancer cell lines grown in the lab and mice that have been transplanted with mouse mammary (breast) cancer cells from a cell line.
Despite what the supporters of these sources may claim, videos and stories are not scientific evidence for the effectiveness of any cancer treatment. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence YouTube videos are emphatically not scientific evidence, and we are not convinced by them.
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Large-scale clinical trials are currently running in the UK testing whether a mouth spray called Sativex (nabiximols) a highly purified pharmaceutical-grade extract of cannabis containing THC and CDB can help to control severe cancer pain that doesn’t respond to other drugs.
Note: We’ve already entered into two lengthy, time-consuming and ultimately circular debates about cannabis, cannabinoids and cancer which you can read here and here .
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It is a sad fact that although huge progress has been made over recent years , many thousands of people in the UK lose their lives to cancer every year a situation that we urgently want to change through research. But when conventional treatment fails, there is little chance that turning to an unproven alternative touted on the internet will provide a cure.
Cancer Research UK has funded research into cannabinoids, notably the work of Professor Chris Paraskeva in Bristol investigating the properties of cannabinoids as part of his research into the prevention and treatment of bowel cancer. He has published a number of papers detailing lab experiments looking at endocannabinoids as well as THC, and written an interesting review looking at the potential of cannabinoids for treating bowel cancer.