New research from the University of East Anglia shows important details of cannabis oil ‘poorly understood’ anti-cancer properties.
Scientists at a British university have made a major breakthrough in revealing how Rick Simpsons Oil could be used as a treatment to prevent the growth of cancer.
A study carried out by a team from the University of East Anglia (UEA) has shed light on the still “poorly understood” theory that an ingredient in cannabis oil has anti-cancer properties.
There have long been reports that the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis oil – Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC – has been shown to have success in combatting the growth of cancerous cells.
By injecting THC into laboratory mice bearing human cancer cells, scientists were able to identify for the first time two specific receptors that are responsible for the compound’s disease-fighting effects.
The new analysis, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, could be a big boost for attempts to create a synthetic substitute for cannabis oil that can fight cancer in a targeted and safe way.
Dr Peter McCormick, from UEA’s school of pharmacy, said: “Our findings help explain some of the well-known but still poorly understood effects of THC at low and high doses on tumour growth.
“There has been a great deal of interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms behind how cannabis oil, and specifically THC, influence cancer pathology.
“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 tumour growth.”
Dr McCormick notwithstanding insisted that studies like this could not encourage cancer patients to self-medicate.
He said: “Our analysis uses associate isolated matter and victimisation the proper concentration is significant. However,I hope that our analysis can cause a secure artificial equivalent being obtainable within the future.”
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