In another edition of Medical Monday, we’re looking at the benefits of medical marijuana on brain tumours. This week is also International Brain Tumour Awareness Week, so it’s a fitting opportunity to share some new research on how cannabis has been shown to significantly reduce brain tumour growth.
Studies have shown that cannabinoids, and THC have induced the death of brain cancer cells, a process called “autophagy”.
When human tumors in mice were targeted with doses of THC, the researchers found that two cell receptors were particularly associated with an anti-tumor response. The researchers found that administering THC to mice with human tumors initiated autophagy and caused the growth of the tumors to decrease. Two human patients with highly aggressive brain tumors who received intracranial administration of THC also showed similar signs of autophagy, upon analysis. [Medical News Today]
We have discussed the benefits of medical marijuana on brain cancer and brain tumours before, right after Gord Downie’s tragic diagnosis with the disease, read more on this topic here. To learn more about how medical marijuana can help with brain tumours, call us: 403-475-4205.