A lot of debate is going on in the modern world about Cannabis aka Marijuana and its cancer-fighting properties.

Over the years studies many medical studies have been done on this herb and highlighted its antitumor properties against different forms of Cancer including Cancers of the Lungs, Breast, Skin, Throat, Prostrate and Brain.

The use of cannabis (Marijuana) for medicinal purposes along with other anticancer medicinal herbs and foods is well documented throughout history and in recent years, interest in its medicinal and anticancer properties of marijuana has been on a rise.

For a better understanding of the Cancer-fighting properties of Cannabis, we would like to share recent studies and research papers on different types of Cancer formulated by renowned health institutions; the links to which are mentioned below to help you get in-depth insights into Marijuana’s ability to fight and cure cancer and differentiate wisely between myths and the truth.

Cannabis (Marijuana) research studies

Medical Studies – Anticancer Properties of Cannabis

Brain Cancer and Cannabis Medical Studies

  1. A pilot clinical study of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme. ((https://www.nature.com/articles/6603236))
  2. Inhibition of glioma growth in vivo by selective activation of the CB(2) cannabinoid receptor. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11479216))
  3. Neuroprotection by Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, the Main Active Compound in Marijuana, against Ouabain-Induced In Vivo Excitotoxicity. ((http://www.jneurosci.org/content/21/17/6475))
  4. Cannabinoids Inhibit the Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Pathway in Gliomas. ((http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/64/16/5617.full))
  5. Antitumor Effects of Cannabidiol, a Nonpsychoactive Cannabinoid, on Human Glioma Cell Lines. ((http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/308/3/838))
  6. A Combined Preclinical Therapy of Cannabinoids and Temozolomide against Glioma. ((http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/10/1/90))

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  1. The role of cannabinoids in prostate cancer: Basic science perspective and potential clinical applications. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339795/?tool=pubmed))
  2. Anti-proliferative and apoptotic effects of anandamide in human prostatic cancer cell lines: implication of epidermal growth factor receptor down-regulation and ceramide production. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract))
  3. Non-THC cannabinoids inhibit prostate carcinoma growth in vitro and in vivo: pro-apoptotic effects and underlying mechanisms. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963))
  4. Cannabinoids Inhibit the Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Pathway in Gliomas. ((http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/64/16/5617.full))

Colorectal (Colon) Cancer and Cannabis Medical Studies

  1. Chemopreventive effect of the non-psychotropic phytocannabinoid cannabidiol on experimental colon cancer. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22231745))

Blood Cancer and Cannabis Medical Studies

  1. Targeting CB2 cannabinoid receptors as a novel therapy to treat malignant lymphoblastic disease. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12091357))
  2. Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol-induced apoptosis in Jurkat leukemia T cells is regulated by translocation of Bad to mitochondria. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594))
  3. Expression of cannabinoid receptors type 1 and type 2 in non‐Hodgkin lymphoma: Growth inhibition by receptor activation. ((https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ijc.23584))

Skin, Liver, Biliary Tract Cancer and Cannabis Medical Studies

  1. Inhibition of skin tumor growth and angiogenesis in vivo by activation of cannabinoid receptors. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12511587))
  2. The anti-tumoral action of cannabinoids on hepatocellular carcinoma: the role of AMPK-dependent activation of autophagy. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793))
  3. The dual effects of delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol on cholangiocarcinoma cells: anti-invasion activity at low concentration and apoptosis induction at high concentration. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793))

Oral (Mouth-Throat) Cancer and Cannabis Medical Studies

  1. Cannabinoids inhibit cellular respiration of human oral cancer cells. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734))

Breast Cancer and Cannabis Medical Studies

  1. The endogenous cannabinoid anandamide inhibits human breast cancer cell proliferation. ((http://www.pnas.org/content/95/14/8375))
  2. Cannabinoids: a new hope for breast cancer therapy? ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22776349))
  3. Cannabinoids reduce ErbB2-driven breast cancer progression through Akt inhibition. ((https://molecular-cancer.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1476-4598-9-196))
  4. Anti-tumor activity of plant cannabinoids with emphasis on the effect of cannabidiol on human breast carcinoma. ((http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/early/2006/05/25/jpet.106.105247))
  5. Cannabidiol as a novel inhibitor of Id-1 gene expression in aggressive breast cancer cells. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025276))
  6. Pathways mediating the effects of cannabidiol on the reduction of breast cancer cell proliferation, invasion, and metastasis. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676))

Lung Cancer and Cannabis Medical Studies

  1. Cannabidiol inhibits lung cancer cell invasion and metastasis via intercellular adhesion molecule-1. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381?dopt=Abstract))
  2. Cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, as novel targets for inhibition of non-small cell lung cancer growth and metastasis. ((https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714?dopt=Abstract))
  3. Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits epithelial growth factor-induced lung cancer cell migration in vitro as well as its growth and metastasis in vivo. ((https://www.nature.com/articles/1210641))

Bottom Line

While the studies mentioned above show the positive impact of Cannabis in fighting Cancer Tumors and Cells, more evidence is getting acquired to bring this herb from negative to the positive mindset, where it will act as a potent tool to fight this disease.