Cannabis & Breast Cancer
(today was pink ribbon day... breast cancer awareness, Blair )
Saturday November 24, 2007
CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in Cannabis sativa (marijuana), may inhibit the activity of the Id-1 gene. Researchers know that Id-1 is a regulator of the metastasis (spread) of breast cancer. Presently, the most common treatment for metastatic disease is chemotherapy, which is toxic and often debilitating to many patients. If CBD proves able to stop the spread of cancer cells, it may someday replace chemo and it's powerful side effects. Research on CBD is being done at Image via Wikipedia Research Institute, and a study was recently published in the journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, by Dr. Pierre-Yves Desprez. Dr. Sean D. McAllister, a fellow scientist, does not suggest that breast cancer patients should take up smoking marijuana, because the concentrations of CBD would not be sufficient enough to have any effect on cancer cell division.
- Marijuana Compound May Stop Breast Cancer From Spreading, Study Says
- Dr. McAllister's Endocannabinoid Research