Newsweek: Marijuana Might Kill Cancer

Emerging research once again appears to demonstrate that cannabis — specifically cannabidiol (CBD) and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids — might be an effective means to destroy cancer cells. Newsweek summarized the recent paper published in the journal, Anticancer Research“Enhancing the Activity of Cannabidiol and Other Cannabinoids In Vitro Through Modifications to Drug Combinations and Treatment Schedules”. From

Though THC is the main cannabinoid associated with marijuana and has been recognized to have a “really strong anti-cancer effect,” Liu says, “it’s not a good candidate for therapeutic use because of its psychoactive properties.”

He examined whether several lesser-known cannabinoids would impact the growth of leukemia cells both individually and in combination.

The result?

“They’re good at killing cancer cells,” he says. And “because they’re not psychoactive, you can actually have the benefits associated with anti-cancer technology but not have the feelings of high, which are associated with THC.”
Some cannabinoids are better at killing cancer cells and others are better at slowing their growth, so combining certain cannabinoids has a heightened effect. “It’s like a double hit,” he says.

Read the full article on or the paper’s abstract from the International Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment.

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