OPN: New Study Shows Marijuana May Fight Cancer

Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:49:12 -0800
From: maplewoman@yahoo.com
To: opn@ohiopatient.net
Subject: OPN: New Study Shows Marijuana May Fight Cancer

Pubdate: Mon, 21 Jan 2008
Source: West Australian (Australia)
Copyright: 2008 West Australian Newspapers Limited
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Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/495
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/mmj.htm (Cannabis – Medicinal)


HAMBURG – The active ingredient in marijuana may suppress tumour invasion in highly invasive cancers, according to new research in Germany.

Cannabinoids, the active components in marijuana, are already used medically to reduce the side effects of cancer treatment, such as pain, weight loss and vomiting.

But the new study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, finds that the compounds may also have an anti-cancer effect.

However, more research is needed to determine whether the laboratory results would hold true in humans, the authors wrote.

Dr Robert Ramer and Dr Burkhard Hinz of the University of Rostock in Germany investigated whether and by what mechanism cannabinoids inhibit tumour cell invasion.

Cannabinoids did suppress tumour cell invasion and stimulated the expression of TIMP-1, an inhibitor of a group of enzymes that are involved in tumour cell invasion.

"To our knowledge, this is the first report of TIMP-1-dependent anti-invasive effects of cannabinoids," the two researchers said in a joint statement.

"This signalling pathway may play an important role in the anti- metastatic action of cannabinoids, whose potential therapeutic benefit in the treatment of highly invasive cancers should be addressed in clinical trials," the authors said.


Brandy Zink, LMT
Executive Director
Ohio Patient Action Network
President Ohio Patient Network



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