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SCI/TECH: Cannabis Extract may Inhibit Tumor Growth

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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 03:06 AM
Scientist's in Spain have provided the first experimental evidence that certain Cannabis extracts inhibit/shrink tumor growth in people for the first time. Cristina Blázquez stresses that while this is a good sign, their results are very preliminary. “The cannabinoid inhibits the angiogenesis response - if a tumour doesn’t do angiogenesis, it doesn’t grow,” she explains. “So if you can improve angiogenesis on one side and kill the tumour cells on the other side, you can try for a therapy for cancer.”
Cannabis extracts may shrink brain tumours and other cancers by blocking the growth of the blood vessels which feed them, suggests a new study.

An active component of the street drug has previously been shown to improve brain tumours in rats. But now Manuel Guzmán at Complutense University, Spain, and colleagues have demonstrated how the cannabis extracts block a key chemical needed for tumours to sprout blood vessels – a process called angiogenesis.

And for the first time, the team has shown the cannabinoids impede this chemical in people with the most aggressive form of brain cancer - glioblastoma multiforme.

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This is of course just another nail in the coffin in the unjust federal persecution of sick people who just need their medicine. I always knew that Marijuana was a wonder plant usfull for all sorts of things, and much more research needs to be done until we fully understand this wonderful plant. Will research like this lead to a more in depth study and review of all research too date? Or will it be swept under the rug due to Big Chemical and Big Pharma lobbying efforts which have been pretty much ongoing for almost a century.

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[edit on 8-16-2004 by Valhall]


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