Does Cannabis Inhibit Cancer Cell Growth?

As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I noticed that an acquaintance had posted a comment here, upon the following artwork, and after reading her words, I promptly replied…

"Marijuana forces cancer cells to freeze and prevents them from spreading." (artwork by WTF Facts)

“Marijuana forces cancer cells to freeze and prevents them from spreading.”

Jennifer H.: Um, that’s madeup bullshit.

Tony W.: thats dumb. if that was the case theyd give weed to all cancer patients immediately when finding out. or immediately after removing a cancerous tumor etc

RaynIt’s “Cannabis”, not “Marijuana”. And, while I can’t vouch for the exact wording used in the above graphic illustration, nor its promotion of combustion and smoke inhalation as a medicinal means of delivering the plant’s compounds to the body, the cancer-fighting properties of cannabis are real, reproducible, and only now being recognized by scientists. Here is a recent mainstream article on the subject:

Marijuana Compound Fights Cancer; Human Trials Next:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Marijuana-Compound-Fights-Cancer-Human-Trials-Next-170406116.html
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Here are the latest scientific research articles:

Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Inhibits Cell Cycle Progression in Human Breast Cancer Cells through CDC2 Regulation (December 2005):
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6615.short


Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Inhibits Epithelial Growth Factor-Induced Lung Cancer Cell Migration In Vitro as Well as its Growth and Metastasis In Vivo (July 2007):

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17621270

Cannabidiol as a Novel Inhibitor of ID-1 Gene Expression in Aggressive Breast Cancer Cells (September 2007):
http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/6/11/2921.abstract

Cannabidiol Induces Programmed Cell Death in Breast Cancer Cells by Coordinating the Cross-Talk Between Apoptosis and Autophagy (May 2011):
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21566064

Cannabidiolic Acid, a Major Cannabinoid in Fiber-Type Cannabis, is an Inhibitor of MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cell Migration (September 2012):
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378427412012854

Shelby W.: Yeah guys it’s not “madeup bullshit”, it’s true. Do some research before you stupidly assume you’re right.

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