Cancer has a huge impact on society in the U.S as well as in other countries worldwide. Statistics show that its prevalence is constantly on the rise, taking millions of lives each year. In 2016 alone, nearly 1,685,210 new cases of cancer have been diagnosed and up to 595,650 have died from the disease.
Based on 2016 statistics, the most common cancer types included kidney and renal pelvis cancer, leukemia, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer, leukemia, thyroid cancer, and colon cancer.
It is worth noting that cancer mortality is higher among men compared to women (207.9 per 100,000 men and 145.4 per 100,000 women). Based on the deaths in the period between 2008 and 2012, it is the highest in African-American men and lowest in Asian women.
Judging by these statistical trends, cancer really is one of the worst diseases threatening the world population. Although much has been done to increase the number of survivors and while progress is being made against the disease, much work still remains.
The good news is that it has been scientifically shown that THC is highly promising regarding the treatment of one of the deadliest diseases of the modern world. As a matter of fact, the National Cancer Institute has publicly admitted that marijuana can and has killed cancer cells.
THC, the key psychoactive component of cannabis, and its anti-tumor effects have been extensively studied by Dr. Christina Sanchez from Complutense University in Madrid, Spain.
She delivers information explaining the way in which THC kills cancer cells completely- without the side effects to healthy ones.
The research done by Dr. Sanchez is an addition to the work of Wai Liu, a British scientist and oncologist at the University of London’s St. George’s medical school. His research has also explained how THC and its powerful anti-cancer activity can notably “target and switch off” pathways that allow cancers to grow.
As explained by Liu, the Big Pharma spends billions of dollars on drugs that do the exact thing, while cannabis plant has the ability to do it naturally. In the video below, Dr. Sanchez explains how THC eliminates cancerous cells by activating the cannabinoid receptors, which in turn creates endocannabinoids.
Most importantly, cannabis is capable of doing this efficiently, yet without any psychoactive effects.
“There’s quite a lot of cancers that should respond quite nicely to these cannabis agents,” Liu said. “If you talk about a drug company that spent billions of pounds trying to develop these new drugs that target these pathways, cannabis does exactly the same thing – or certain elements of cannabis compounds do exactly the same thing – so you have something that is naturally produced which impacts the same pathways that these fantastic drugs that cost billions also work on.”
This revolutionary revelation comes at a time when states are legalizing medical marijuana and the federal government is being pressured to de-classify cannabis as an illegal drug. Despite the fact that Feds hold many patents on the plant, they still claim that it has no medicinal value.
For instance, patent NO. 6,630,507 is for cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. Is this the reason why they are trying to de-list this valuable plant?
As a matter of fact, as noted by three scientists from the Department of Health and Human Services, “The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as a neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke or trauma, or the treatment of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.” They probably did know that it can treat cancer, too.
Did you know that cannabis has been used since ancient times by Chinese? Even Hindu texts reveal that it was known as ‘sacred grass”. With this being said, it turns out that the studies done by Dr. Sanchez only add to the old wisdom surrounding the healing properties of this plant.