Marijuana, or also called cannabis, has always been the subject of controversy, especially in the field of traditional medicine, since in recent years a wide variety of options have emerged to consume the plant and obtain benefits in the body, especially in people suffering from cancer.

First of all, it is important to understand its origin and its natural composition, which is why we will talk about the plant and then the benefits that certain components contribute to the health of many people.

The main chemical compound that is found in plenty in the cannabis plant is tetrahydrocannabinol, known by the acronym THC. However, the plant houses more than 400 different chemical compounds among which we can discover 66 cannabinoids other than THC, some of the most representative being the following:

  • Cannabidiol or CBD. It has an anxiolytic and relaxing effect.
  • Cannabinol or CBN. Its consumption usually involves a reduction in heart rate and some anticonvulsant effects. It has hardly psychoactive action.
  • Cannabigerol or CBG. It has no psychoactive properties of any kind, but it does have important antibiotic properties. It serves to reduce intraocular pressure in extra.
  • Cannabicyromen or CBC. It has anti-inflammatory and sedative effects.

All of these chemical cannabis components cause different effects of THC, but they all have something in common: they act directly on our central nervous system immediately it is utilized.

However, the utility of cannabidiol, in the form of CBD extract or oil, has gained great attention in recent years owing to its potential therapeutic properties, especially for the management of complications and symptoms inherent to diverse types of cancer. This brings the general question, does marijuana kill cancer cells?

A scientist named Dr. Sean McAllister in San Francisco has been studying cannabinoid compounds for over a decade in pursuit of development of new therapeutic interventions for various cancers

McAllister in 2007 published an elaborate summary of how cancer cells are killed by cannabidiol oil by inactivating the expression of the ID-1


Although cannabis is a subject of discussion due to its chemical components and its recreational use, it is evident that its medicinal properties are promising, even in very sophisticated cancer cases, not just for treatment but for prevention too.

Its use in traditional medicine is resonating more and more and studying to obtain more precise results and begin to apply them in certain types of cancer and treatments. If there is one thing that is indisputable is that within the medical scientific community, the discovery of the anti-tumor feature of cannabinoids is being increasingly recognized as a seminal advance in cancer therapeutics.

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