Marijuana compound impedes breast cancer
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Bay City News
November 19, 2007
A compound found in marijuana might help stop breast cancer
from spreading, according to a study announced today.
Scientists at the California Pacific Medical Center Research
Institute believe the compound CBD found in Cannabis sativa could
be the first non-toxic agent to show promise in treating metastatic
forms of breast cancer.
Researchers hope the marijuana compound will be an effective
alternative to harsh treatments like chemotherapy.
"Right now we have a limited range of options in treating
aggressive forms of cancer," says Sean D. McAllister, cancer
researcher and lead author of the study. "This compound offers
the hope of a non-toxic therapy that could achieve the same results
without any of the painful side effects."
Scientists used CBD to inhibit the activity of a gene believed
to be responsible for the aggressive spread of cancer cells in
The gene is "a key regulator" in the spread of breast
cancer and can also be present in other forms of cancers, including
colon, brain or prostate cancer, researchers say.
"(CBD) may also prove effective at stopping the spread of
cancer cells in other forms of the disease," said cancer
researcher Pierre-Yves Desprez.
The findings do not mean scientists recommend people with breast
cancer to smoke marijuana. They say it's unlikely someone could
ingest effective concentrations of CBD by smoking marijuana.
The study has been published in the latest issue of the journal
Molecular Cancer Therapeutics and was primarily funded by the
California Breast Cancer Research Program.
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