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Chemical in Marijuana Fights Breast Cancer

Alex Constantine - November 22, 2007

marijuana 05 - Chemical in Marijuana Fights Breast CancerThe researchers also pointed out that smoking marijuana will only lead to very low concentrations of CBD, insufficient for any real health benefit. If proven useful in clinical trials, the chemical would have to be extracted from the plant and concentrated, if it cannot be industrially synthesized.

"[...] what is exciting about this study is that if CBD can inhibit Id-1 in breast cancer cells, then it may also prove effective at stopping the spread of cancer cells in other forms of the disease, such as colon and brain or prostate cancer," said lead author Dr. Pierre-Yves Desprez.

The new research was published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. The research is at a very early stage and further studies involving humans will be necessary to see whether CBD's beneficial effects can be replicated on patients. The current research only evaluated laboratory tests.

Currently, cancer patients usually receive chemotherapy, which has many unpleasant and dangerous side-effects such as nausea and an increased risk of infection, which can take both a physical and emotional toll. Women in the U.S. have a 1 in 8 lifetime chance of developing invasive breast cancer and a 1 in 33 chance of breast cancer causing their death, the American Cancer Society reported.

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