Scientists at a British university have made a major breakthrough in revealing how cannabis could be used as a treatment to prevent the growth of cancer.
|Scooped by Graham Player Ph.D.|
A study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry carried out by a team from the University of East Anglia reveals how cannabis could be used as a treatment to prevent the growth of cancer.
Some reporters have suggested that this “could be a big boost for attempts to create a synthetic substitute for cannabis that can fight cancer in a targeted and safe way.” Dr. Peter McCormick, from UEA’s school of pharmacy, says “I hope that our research will lead to a safe synthetic equivalent being available in the future.”
The effectiveness of cannabis in the prevention and treatment of cancer is certainly not new. It was known about in the mid-1970s. There have been many studies done by eminent scientists, and in many countries cannabis is already used in the treatment of cancer. In addition there have been countless numbers of cancer patients who have used cannabis successfully according to anecdotal information.
However it seems those in the medical system conclude that “a safe synthetic equivalent’ must be developed before anyone can acknowledge that cannabis can be effective. Of course that synthetic equivalent will be patented and become profitable for its manufacturers. But, apart from the benefit to the manufacturer in generating profits, we must ask the question is a synthetic version actually needed.” For example, we know that common garlic has many medicinal properties. Yet we don’t need a synthetic version to derive those benefits. Just some food for thought.