One significant question that is coming up, again and again, is whether cannabis is capable of killing cancer cells. Based on some studies it has been found out that cannabis kills cancer cells because of the presence of an important compound in it. However, the compound ‘cannabinoids’ alone is not capable of destroying the cancerous cells. Rather, when the compound is combined with chemotherapy or radiation, it can provide better results.
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD forms an important compound of cannabis plant which can help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. In order to know how cannabis works in treating cancer, you will need to go through the rest of the blog.
Medical cannabis is also known as marijuana. It is vastly different from cannabis drug. The medical cannabis plant contains important compounds in them that can be used for treating various medical conditions like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and migraine. Most importantly cannabis kills cancer cells and restricts its growth
Cannabis oil is obtained from the Cannabis Sativa plant. The oil is a thick volatile liquid and is obtained from cannabis flowers through the process of solvent extraction. The concentrated form of the oil makes it very powerful. Basically, the oil can be applied topically or vaporized into the lungs.
How Do Cannabis Kills Cancer?
Various studies have shown that cannabis oil is helpful in treating cancer related side-effects which mainly crops up after chemotherapy sessions.
In order to know how cannabinoids present in cannabis kills cancer cells, you need to go through the rest of the blog.
Research has shown that cannabis contains important cancer fighting chemicals in them. In fact, it has been seen that when patients were administered cannabinoid drugs, improved outcome could be achieved.
To put it simply, it can be said that cannabis contains important cannabinoids like THC and CBD. When THC gets connected with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptor sites of cancer cells, ceramide synthesis gets increased. The increase in ceramide leads to the death of cancer cells. However, a normal cell remains unaffected by cannabinoids.
If you delve deep, you will get to know that the slight shift within the mitochondria causes the death of cancer cells. Mitochondria are responsible for producing energy that a cancer cell would need to survive. But the slight shifting makes it unable to produce the energy. Moreover, increased ceramide production leads to increasing the mitochondrial membrane penetrability. This, in turn, leads to the pushing out of cytochrome C from the mitochondria. So when the source of energy of cancer cells gets cut off it leads to the death of cancer cell.
Another reason that has been ascribed for death of cancer cells is that of genotoxic stress. Hence, cannabis kills cancer cells because of the production of a protein called p53. The protein is known for causing a disruption within the calcium metabolism process. Also, it affects the pro-survival pathways of cancer cells. Thereby, the chance of the survival of cancer cells gets diminished.
Cannabis and cannabinoids are known for treating cancer and chemotherapy related side-effects. However, before using cannabis oil for cancer treatment, you should consult an oncologist.