Bay Area Researchers Claim Cannabis Can Cure Cancer

Marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes--relieving stress and pain and fighting hunger and nausea--for centuries if not millennia. But now, a pair of doctors in San Francisco claim that they've compiled reliable data showing that a certain compound in cannabis--cannabidiol--may actually cure cancer. 

Unlike THC, the ingredient in marijuana that makes you feel stoned, cannabidiol is a non-toxic compound of the plant that has no psychoactive qualities, and it's been the focus of an ongoing series of trials at the San Francisco-based California Pacific Medical Center. There, physicians Sean McAllister and Pierre Desprez claim they've successfully used cannabidiol to fight animal genes involved in the spread of cancer. Now they hope to be allowed to conduct anti-cancer research using cannabidiol on actual humans.

"We found this one compound had a specific effect on metastatic cancer cells, very aggressive tumor cells," McAllister says. Cannabidiol, the research appears to show, helps shut down receptors that inhibit cancerous cells from metastasizing.  "We find when you treat with [cannabidiol], you down regulate the expression of this protein, and that inhibits the disease process."

For his part, Dr. Desprez theorizes that cannabidiol has this effect because it may be part of the cannabis plant's natural defense mechanism.  "So maybe the plant is making these compounds to combat the development of insects and we can use the compound to target cancer cells that act like embryonic cells," he says. 

According to San Francisco's ABC-TV affiliate, KGO, McAllister and Desprez "believes the current results, coupled with the non-toxic nature of CBD, is now encouraging enough to warrant human trials, which they hope to secure funding for in the upcoming months. In anticipation, the team has designed two trial models, one for brain cancer and the other for breast cancer." 

Best of luck with the research, docs!

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Second paragraph......"Unlike THC, the ingredient in marijuana that makes you feel stoned, cannabidiol is a non-toxic compound of the plant......"  Excuse me but THC is NOT toxic........I would not want people to get the wrong impression. 

paullucas714 topcommenter

Im embarrassed ot say this, but I dont know if Industrial Hemp has high levels of the Canabadiol compounds. If it does then for sure the reclassification of industrial hemp separate from Cannabis Sativa and or Cannabis Indica should be priority # 1 of the FDA. That being said, the full legalization of Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa should be as equally a priority as well for medicinal purposes. Full legalization of the cannabis plant for recreational use would come in time as a natural side effect of this new classification.


@paullucas714 As cannabidiol is abundant in the stalks, and industrial hemp is grown for the stalks, you are accurate in your guess that industrial hemp has high levels of CBD.  No need to be embarassed!  People need to know.

  Also, CBD acts as the anti-THC.  It moderates the psychological effects that the THC has (lowers the high) and in nature, when industrial hemp is grown near cannabis being grown for the leaves (the THC) the cross-pollination result is ALWAYS diminished produce from the plant being grown for leaves.  Just an interesting fact for you.


@sarahsueforyou @paullucas714 

CBD is found in all variants of Cannabis. CBD is also found in large amounts in Indicas and Sativa Cannabis variants when grown to breed out the CBD trait. Recently, an Indica plant has been grow by TGA seeds to produce 13.5% CBD in its flowers along with 15.5% THC. Additionally, the Sour Tsunami strain Indica produces about a 10% CBD with a lower than 5% THC flower.

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