Study: Marijuana compound impedes breast cancer
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Bay City News
November 19, 2007
New hope for patients with aggressive breast cancer may come
in the form of an isolated compound found in cannabis, according
to researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco,
a nonprofit Sutter Health affiliate.
The study, released in the medical journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics,
discovered that the CBD compound found in cannabis can slow the
activity of a gene that causes the spread of cancer cells.
Researchers announced the finding with hope that the compound
could be part of a non toxic treatment for metastatic breast cancer.
"Right now we have a limited range of options in treating
aggressive forms of cancer," said Dr. Sean McAllister, lead
author of the study. "Those treatments, such as chemotherapy,
can be effective but they can also be extremely toxic and difficult
for patients. This compound offers the hope of a non-toxic therapy
that could achieve the same results without any of the painful
CBD is not like THC, found in marijuana, and can be used without
the psychoactive side effects of marijuana so its use does not
violate anti-drug laws, according to researchers.
Researchers remind patients that "this is not a recommendation
for people with breast cancer to smoke marijuana," because
the levels of CBD necessary for treatment are not attainable through
smoking marijuana, according to researchers.
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