The Medical Minute: Israeli Study Finds Anti-Cancer Potential in Cannabis

The Medical Minute: Israeli Study Finds Anti-Cancer Potential in Cannabis

By Bailey Rahn

Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa recently released the preliminary results of a cancer study that examined the effects of 50 varieties of cannabis with 200 different cancer cells. While it’s still far too soon to draw any conclusions, their findings are cause for optimistic curiosity.

The researchers noticed that cannabinoids have the ability to slow tumor growth and even selectively promote cancer cell death in a process known as “apoptosis.” These findings replicate those uncovered in a Spanish study from 2013, which specifically looked at THC as a potential anti-cancer agent. Now scientists in Israel wonder how different combinations of cannabis derivatives, and their dose and delivery method, affect different types of cancer cells. Read More…