Marijuana increases effectiveness of radiation against brain tumors
A recent study is touting the success of combining active ingredients in cannabis with radiation to better fight brain tumors.
Using Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) researchers observed dramatic reductions in tumor volumes when both cannabinoids were used with irradiation.
According to Dr. Wai Liu, Department of Oncology, Division of Clinical Sciences, St George’s, University of London, “taken together, our data highlights the possibility that these cannabinoids can prime glioma cells to respond better to ionizing radiation, and suggest a potential clinical benefit for glioma patients by using these two treatment modalities.”
“We’ve shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults,” Dr. Liu wrote in an op-ed earlier this week. “The results are promising…it could provide a way of breaking through glioma and saving more lives.”
Already observed as a viable analgesic to ease pain, the non-toxic marijuana plant has mounting evidence which supports its efficacy for helping fight cancer now as well.