How Cannabis Can Interfere With And Disrupt Leukemia Cells

By The Fresh Toast's Brea Mosley, provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis.

Leukemia is the blanket term for the four different types of cancer found in bone marrow and blood cells. There are roughly 200,000 U.S. cases per year and typically found in adults over the age of 55, but also found in children under the age of 15.

While chemotherapy and other treatments are available, a recent study not only proves that that cannabinoids are anticancer agents, but that there are six different cannabinoids (the chemical compounds found in cannabis plant) that have anticancer effects on leukemia cells specifically. Dr. Wai Lui an oncologist and his team of researchers at the Department of Oncology at St. George’s, University London discovered that these cannabinoids were able to interfere and disrupt the development of cancerous cells. They also noted that in certain cases, when using specific dosage patterns, these six cannabinoids have the ability to destroy cancer cells on their own.

So What Does This Mean?

Let’s break this down. Dr. Liu and his team tested these six pure cannabinoids–cannabidiol (CBD), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), cannabigevarin (CBGV), and cannabigevaric acid (CBGVA)–on lab-grown leukemia cells. They were tested individually as well as collectively in select groups.

They found that each of the six cannabinoid examined presented anti-cancer properties as effective as those seen in THC. Most importantly, they noted that these effects were even more powerful when the cannabinoids were grouped together.

Dr. Lui’s research also revealed that these six cannabinoids had the ability to “target and switch off pathways” that allow cancers to grow.

This entire report is good news for patients, because it shows that cannabinoid in its purest form has the ability to fight leukemia cells. Plus, the cannabidiol is the non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana, so there’s no high.

Featured Photo by Flickr User Yale Rosen

 

Posted In: Brea MosleyThe Fresh ToastCannabisNewsMarkets

Ad Disclosure: The rate information is obtained by Bankrate from the listed institutions. Bankrate cannot guaranty the accuracy or availability of any rates shown above. Institutions may have different rates on their own websites than those posted on Bankrate.com. The listings that appear on this page are from companies from which this website receives compensation, which may impact how, where, and in what order products appear. This table does not include all companies or all available products.

All rates are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on location. These quotes are from banks, thrifts, and credit unions, some of whom have paid for a link to their own Web site where you can find additional information. Those with a paid link are our Advertisers. Those without a paid link are listings we obtain to improve the consumer shopping experience and are not Advertisers. To receive the Bankrate.com rate from an Advertiser, please identify yourself as a Bankrate customer. Bank and thrift deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Credit union deposits are insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

Consumer Satisfaction: Bankrate attempts to verify the accuracy and availability of its Advertisers' terms through its quality assurance process and requires Advertisers to agree to our Terms and Conditions and to adhere to our Quality Control Program. If you believe that you have received an inaccurate quote or are otherwise not satisfied with the services provided to you by the institution you choose, please click here.

Rate collection and criteria: Click here for more information on rate collection and criteria.