With tears in my eyes that make it difficult to read what I type, I’m infuriated. My sister, who died of cancer at a young age, used to explain to me in confidence that she smoked marijuana because it relieved her pain and nausea. She said it was the only thing that helped, but she hid it from our parents for fear of retribution. Then I watch a video like this and want to scream at the world: “why do you choose to be so blind to reality?!”
Molecular biologist Christina Sanchez from Madrid Complutense University, Spain explains how cannabinoids (chemical compounds, which includes THC – the primary psychoactive compound of cannabis) are very effective at reducing tumor growth and outright killing cancerous cells. “Cells can die in different ways and, after cannabinoid treatment, they were dying in the ‘clean’ way. They were committing suicide, which is something you really want.”
Chemotherapy and radiation treatments kill healthy as well as cancerous cells, which is why the treatment is sometimes considered as bad as the disease. If you’ve ever watched a child getting an IV full of chemo and then puking her guts out constantly for the next day, you’ll know what I mean.
The vivid, awful memories I have of my sister vomiting out the window of a speeding car as my father pulled to the shoulder of the highway, with vomit plastered across the side of the car, brings tears to my eyes even as I write this. Cannabinoids ignore non-cancerous cells, thus reducing this effect.
Dr. Sanchez says “I cannot understand why, in the States, cannabis is under Schedule I, because it is pretty obvious, not only from our work but from work from many other researchers that the plant has a very wide therapeutic potential.” Really? Such a smart person as her can’t understand? After all, there was so much debate and factual evidence presented as to why marijuana is bad before the US government outlawed it in 1937.
I hope you will share this with anyone who has negative opinions of marijuana and especially anyone who has cancer. The drug laws in the US are complete and utter madness, as only politicians can create. But to withhold such life-saving and pain-reducing treatments from cancer patients is pure, unadulterated evil. Any politician that prevents cancer patients and their doctors from taking advantage of such treatments deserves to suffer from the disease. Let them suffer as my sister did before she found a way to use marijuana.
Yeah, I went there.
Dr. Christina Sanchez is a molecular biologist at Compultense University in Madrid Spain, her research led to the findings that THC does indeed kill cancer cells! She sat down with us to explain her work…See comments below.
Dr. Sanchez is quite wonderfully explaining the practical use of the cannabinoids and based medicine is miraculous! If you were being treated for cancer, it would be much better to use cannabinoid based medicine than dangerous chemotherapy…
Jason A Murphy
i believe it possible the part of the cure in in cannabis. rick Simpson said this since the 60 are 70 not sure what decade but it been awhile. people are saying they have try it and it working. i dont no if it going to cure every one are even work. but it a better option then radiation and chemo were i some times feel it killing the people quicker then the cancer. my mom and uncle die from cancer and i steel wonder if the radiation is what really kill them. on my mom death bed she felt she should of never took chemo. so some times it a choice between do you what to live a couple years more of quality of life. are take a chance of curing yourself with chemo witch is torture.i do no people how had cancer and chemo work though.i feel like it playing dice with your life. best thing one can do is stay active and healthy and possible. some of us have that gene that keeps showing up in are family. i hope an pray i never have to make this choice but if i did i would want an alternative to chemo.
Last year I underwent my 2nd craniotomy to remove an Astrocytoma, which is now an oligodendroglioma. (It took me about 2 months of practice to be able to pronounce it. LOL) I have been a recreational smoker since high school so I don’t believe it can prevent this disease but if it is capable of destroying it’s cells with no side-effects, (don’t believe that either, there are some but you have to be able to control your intake and not be prescribed ANOTHER pill) then maybe I’m just not smoking enough. if it were legal for medicinal purpose’s maybe I could have avoided all the pain and misery of chemo and radiation.
Robert van der Feyst
It is an option for cancer, but NOT a cure. Has worked for some. There are also many other options which have also worked for some. I’d first alkalize my body and increase oxygen before anything else.
Please welcome Dr. Christina Sanchez, the molecular biologist who discovered the anti-cancer properties of THC.
My name is Christina Sanchez and I work at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain and I have been working for the last decade on the anti-tumor effects of cannabinoids.
In the early 1960s, Raphael Mechulam from the Hebrew university in Israel characterized the main compound in marijuana producing the psychoactive effects that we all know. The cannabis plant has been known for millennia. After the discover of this compound that is called THC, it was pretty obvious that this compound had to be acting on the cells, on our organism through a mechanism, through a molecular mechanism. And in the 1980s, two specific targets for THC were discovered, something that we called cannabinoid receptors. And after the discovery of the receptor, it was obvious that our body has to synthesize something that binds to these receptors.
It was pretty obvious that it was something endogenously produced by our own bodies that was acting through these receptors. And these compounds – these endogenously-produced cannabinoids were found few years later and it’s what we call the endocannabinoids, because they are produced endogenously – inside our bodies.
These compounds, the endocannabinoids, together with the receptors and the enzymes that synthesize – that produce – the endocannabinoids and that degrade the endocannabinoids are what we call the endocannabinoid system. And we now know that the endocannabinoid system regulates a lot of biological function: appetite, food intake, comotor behavior, reproduction, and many, many other functions. And that’s why the plant has such a wide therapeutic potential.
We started working in this project 12-15 years ago and it was basically by chance. We were working with astrocytes at the time and we decided to change the model and work with astrocyte toma cells, the tumoral cells. And we observed that, when we treated these cells with cannabinoids – THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis – it was killing the cells in our Petri dishes. We were killing the cells. So we said that we were facing some potential anti-tumoral responses.
And then we decided to analyze these compounds in animal models of breast and brain tumors. The results we have obtained are telling us that cannabinoids may be useful for the treatment of breast cancer.
We started to do experiments in animal models of glioblastoma – brain tumors. And we observed that they were, cannabinoids were, very potent in reducing tumor growth. Cells can die in different ways and, after cannabinoid treatment, they were dying in the ‘clean’ way. They were committing suicide, which is something you really want when you have an anti-tumoral tract.
One of the advantages of cannabinoids, or cannabinoid-based medicines, would be that they target a specifically tumor cells. They don’t have any toxic effect or normal, non-tumoral cells. And this is an advantage with respect of standard chemotherapy that target basically everything.
When we started to see these anti-tumor and cell-killing effects on cancer cells, we decided to set aside our metabolic studies and to focus on cancer.
I cannot understand why, in the States, cannabis is under Schedule I, because it is pretty obvious, not only from our work but from work from many other researchers that the plant has a very wide therapeutic potential. We are in contact with doctors in Spain, oncologists, neuro-oncologists, and breast specialists that are willing to test these compounds in human patients.
The plant besides THC produces cannabidiol and this component is very special because it is not psychoactive. It has been demonstrated that it has very, very potent antioxidant. It protects the brain from stress and from damage, kills cancer cells, and when you combine it with THC, it produce synergistic effects which means that the effect of THC is potentiated.
At this point, we have enough pre-clinical evidence supporting the idea that cannabinoids may have anti-tumoral properties. We, as researchers, should explore in more depth and be willing to try in many different pathologies.
Cannabis has an enormous therapeutic potential.
I just saw this video and it’s amazing! And people knew about these medical benefits 65 years ago! This little girl went from 400 seizures a week to 0-1/week! And a little boy went from 200 seizures a day to none! I cried when I watched it. The organization is called the Realm of Caring Foundation and the video is called The surprising story of medical marijuana and pediatric epilepsy: Josh Stanley at TEDxBoulder