Fact 003: Cannabis Compound Stops Metastasis In Strong Cancers
According to scientists at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, there is a compound in marijuana that could stop metastasis in most types of strong cancers, and might be able to alter the fatality of this disease forever.
One of the scientists behind this discovery, Pierre Desprez said, “it took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited. We want to start the trials as soon as we can.”
This finding has already gone through both animal and laboratory testing, and is waiting for permission to go ahead with clinical tests in humans.
A molecular biologist, Pierre Desprez, spent about 20 years studying ID-1, the gene which is the cause of spreading cancers. Also, co-researcher Sean McAllister was putting time into the study of CBD or Cannabidiol effects – a non-psychoactive chemical compound that is gotten from the cannabis plant. In conclusion, both scientists came together, combining cells that contains increased levels of ID-1 and CBD in a petri dish.
Pierre Desprez told HuffPost, “what we found was his Cannabidiol could essentially ‘turn-off’ the ID-1 and the cells stopped spreading and returned to normal. We likely would not have found this on our own. That is why collaboration is so important to scientific discovery.”
McAllister and Desprez first announced their findings in a published paper in 2007. From that time, their team has discovered that Cannabidiol works both in animals and in the lab. And now, there are even greater news.
Desprez said, “We started by researching breast cancer. But now we have found that Cannabidiol works with different types of strong cancers – prostate, brain – any type in which these high levels of ID-1 are present.”
McAllister also added, “Right now we have a limited range of options in treating aggressive forms of cancer. “Those treatments, such as chemotherapy, can be effective but they can also be extremely toxic and difficult for patients. This compound offers the hope of a non-toxic therapy that could achieve the same results without any of the painful side effects.”
Desprez, however, hopes that strong trials will start immediately.
“We have found no toxicity in the animals we have tested, and Cannabidiol is already used in humans for a variety of other ailments. Indeed, the compound is used to relieve anxiety and nausea, and, since it is non-psychoactive, doesn’t cause the ‘high’ associated with THC.”
Since marijuana takers will definitely praise this scientific discovery, Pierre Desprez said that it is not as easy as just smoking it. “We used injections in the animals testing and are also testing pills,” Desprez said. “But you could never get enough Cannabidiol for it to be effective from just smoking.”
Also, the team has began synthesizing Cannabidiol in the laboratory rather than making use of the plant so that it can be more potent.
Desprez explained, “It is a common practice. But hopefully it will also keep us clear of any obstacles while seeking approval.”