A potential cure for cancer might have been found in the most unlikely hero. Recently, Penn State College of Medicine conducted research which proves that marijuana can stop colon cancer cells growth.
As per the National Cancer Institute, colorectal cancer is diagnosed the most in the US patients. This research is going to go help a lot of patients. The project manager of the cure for cancer research, Wesley Raup-Konsavage said,
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of cancer in the United States and it’s also the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
In an effort to find the cure for cancer, the synthetic derivatives of medical marijuana compounds and their interaction with the cancer cells was tested in test tubes by the researchers. Kent Vrana from Penn State College of Medicine said,
Of the 370 compounds, it turns out that 10 were fairly effective against all colon cancer cell lines.
Researchers will now work on developing these compounds and make them more effective and potent against cancer cells. This is an immediate possibility as it can be used in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is not clear yet how it is working. So in terms of specialized chemicals, they won’t turn into a true cure for cancer drugs before another five to ten years.
The research mainly focused on colon cells, but it can have an impact on other cancer cells also. The main focus at the moment is neuroblastoma.
This cure for cancer study was supported by the National Institutes of Health and took a year and a half to complete. At present, the qualifying conditions of a medical marijuana patient include autism, cancer, HIV and epilepsy.