The scientistsÂ at California Pacific Medical Center in San FranciscoÂ found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer.
Molecular biologist PierreÂ Desprez spent decades studying ID-1, the gene that causesÂ cancer to spread. Fellow researcher, Sean McAllister, was studying Cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-toxic chemical compound found in cannabis.
Together, they discovered that combiningÂ Â the geneÂ with the compound actually â€œturns offâ€ the ID-1 gene. Yep, it forcedÂ the cancerous cells to stop spreading and return to normal. TheyÂ found it works in many types of aggressive cancers, including brain,Â prostate and others.
So what does this mean for medicinal marijuana? Â It wonâ€™t be as simple as lighting up a doobie! Â Apparently smoking itÂ could never produce enough CBD to be effective, so they areÂ looking to test injections and pills. Their theory’s already been tested in labs and on animals. They are awaiting the green light to do trials on humans.
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