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Medical Marijuana and Glioblastoma Multiforme

Glioblastoma multiforme, which goes under the classification name as glioblastoma, is the most common and the most aggressive form of a malignant primary brain tumor. Occurring in humans, this is usually involving glial cells and accounts for nearly fifty-two percent of all functional tissue in brain tumor cases and nearly twenty percent of all intracranial tumors. This condition can be considered rather rather and has an incidence occurence rate of two to three cases per 100,000 people in North America and Europe. Glioblastoma multiforme presents two variants, one being giant-cell glioblastoma and the other being gliosarcoma.

Giant-cell glioblatoma is a histological variant of glioblastoma multiforme and presents a very bizarre prevalence of multinucleated giant cells. Symptoms and initial signs are very similar to those of the ordinary glioblastoma and prognosis also similar with a twelve-month period. Gliosarcoma is a rare type of glioma or a cancer of the brain that comes from glial or supportive brain cells as opposed to the neural brain cells. This condition is a malignant cancer and is best defined as glioblastoma consisting of gliomatous and saromatous components.

Researchers across the world have discovered that medical marijuana and cannabis extracts have been able to make brain tumors shrink by halting the growth of blood vessels that supply the tumor with life. Cannabis has chemicals called cannabinoids, which are the chemicals that could effectively starve tumors to death and increase a patient's chance of survival. Glioblastoma is one of the most difficult cancers to treat and seldom responds to any form of medical intervention whether that be radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

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