Cannabis has already been shown to kill cancer cells in the lab
Scientists have already determined that cannabis is capable of killing cancer. Exactly how formidable the natural plant can be, however, still needs to be determined. Lab tests using cancer cells in Petri dishes have successfully proven that cancer’s enemy is cannabis, but live testing is hoping to determine if it can be as effective as what was seen in the lab.
Australian researchers are going to select 82 patients for their test. The patients all suffer from glioma, a form of brain tumor that is particularly aggressive. The patients will be orally administered high doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for three months as part of a treatment that includes traditional forms of treatment.
The trials will be run by Australia’s Endeavor College of Natural Health. The researchers hope that cannabis will not only work to slow tumor growth and improve quality of life, but that it will ultimately kill cancer cells and prevent new tumors from growing.
Michael Sughrue is a neurosurgeon who was slow to accept cannabis as a form of treatment for cancer. However, he was convinced after seeing a close friend make a full recovery after turning to cannabis to destroy a glioma. He is leading the investigation with the college and everyone is anxious to see the results. Cancer researcher Janet Schloss explained, “I deal with people suffering from cancer on a regular basis, and I see the loss of hope. This trial means the world – not just for me, but for patients.”
Sughrue and the college will be joined by Professor Charlie Teo, another Australian neurosurgeon and previous winner of the Australian of the Year award. The trials are being funded by BioCeuticals, a leading provider of nutritional and therapeutic supplements in Australia.