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Cannabis could help to shrink tumors

Bishkek (AKIpress) - lab mice Cannabis could be used to reduce tumor growth in cancer patients, scientists have said, Herald Scotland reports.

New research reveals the drug's main psychoactive ingredient – tetrahydrocannabino – could be responsible for its success in shrinking tumors.

It is hoped that the findings could help develop a synthetic equivalent with anti-cancer properties.

But researchers warned that cancer sufferers should not be tempted to self-medicate.

Dr. Peter McCormick, from the University of East Anglia's (UEA) school of pharmacy, said THC's anti-cancer properties have been known for some time but the study had identified the receptors responsible for fighting tumors.

He added: “Our findings help explain some of the well-known but still poorly understood effects of THC at low and high doses on tumor growth.”

“There has been a drive in the pharmaceutical industry to create synthetic equivalents that might have anti-cancer properties... By identifying the receptors involved we have provided an important step towards the future development of therapeutics that can take advantage of the interactions we have discovered to reduce tumor growth.”

The research, carried out with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain, used samples of human breast cancer cells to induce tumors in mice.


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