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By: Lincoln Horsley
A new study from The Catholic University of Korea’s Department of Internal Medicine was published in June 2013 in "Anti-Cancer Research Journal" and then again this December in the journal "Chemotherapy". This study published in both journals offers hope in treating gastric cancers with cannabis. The researchers in Korea have discovered that WIN 55,212-2, a synthetic version of the cannabinoid THC that is found in cannabis, is antineoplastic. That means it can inhibit and prevent the growth and development of malignant gastric cancer cells.
For this study the researchers investigated the effects of WIN 55,212-2 on mice that had been injected with human gastric cancer cells. The gastric cancer cells used in the study were cancer cells that were known to be resistant to a commonly used chemotherapy drug called Fluorouracil. The researchers wanted to see if WIN 55,212-2 was a good alternative to Fluorouracil in cancers that are resistant to that chemo drug. After the mice had been injected with the gastric cancer cells, they were then treated with WIN 55,212-2. This was done by injecting it around the tumor subcutaneously every 24 hours for 2 weeks.
After 14 days of injecting WIN 55,212-2 into the mice around the tumors, the tumors were removed. It was found that after 14 days the “Tumor volume decreased by 30% in the WIN 55,212-2 treated group". Apoptotic cells, which are cells that have killed themselves, were found more commonly in the WIN 55,212-2 treatment group than in the control on immunohistochemistry.” Remember, the tumors used in this study were resistant to common chemotherapy drugs. So this study suggests that cannabinoids are a better option for treating cancers than chemotherapy.
The fact that cannabis is antineoplastic is not a newly discovered fact. The antineoplastic properties of cannabis have been known about for 39 years. That is correct, 39 years ago in 1974 researchers at The University of Virginia also discovered that cannabinoids could inhibit and prevent the growth of malignant cancer cells. The researches at Virginia studied the effects of cannabinoids on lung adenocarcinoma and leukemia and showed the same results as those found in the 2013 study from Korea. Below you will find a links to the full study done in Korea.
This study from Korea is just another study in a long list of studies from all over the world that show the amazing potential cannabis has as a treatment for cancer. How much longer is it before we say enough is enough to these barbaric cancer treatments that don't work? Treatments like chemo and radiation, that are being peddled by so called "medical professionals" at the "medical professionals facilities". How many more innocent children have to be poisoned or killed before we start to look for alternatives? Alternatives like the plant called cannabis. A plant who has a track record of almost 40 years of killing cancer?
Cancer takes the lives of 20,000 people each day. That means that in the year 2014 alone 7.3 MILLION people will die worldwide just because of cancer. Isn't that enough of a reason to start considering alternative treatments? Especially if the alternative treatment has as much promise of killing cancer as cannbais does.