How Cannabis Kills Cancer
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/24/2015 in Medical Marijuana Research
This question leads to be a bit more scientific, but is a crucial one to be answered. Sometimes a patient deals with a doctor that still lacks the knowledge about how medical cannabis works. Sometimes a patient just wants to understand how it works.
There are chemical components called Cannabinoids in Cannabis that acts as an activator though out the body on specific receptors and that provokes pharmacological effects in especially the immune and central nervous system.
Government running institutes are getting onboard – Institutes like the National Cancer Institute now states that Cannabis has the ability to cure cancer. In studies they found: Cannabinoids reduce the risk of colon cancer due to the anti-inflammatory properties; liver cancer cells are killed; THC had anti-tumor effects; breast cancer can be healed and side effects are very low or cannabis can help reducing the effect of side effects. CBD also increases the effect of chemotherapy without damaging normal cells.
How does it work? – Every living cell has interconvertible sphingolipids that manage life or death of the cell. If endogenous Ceramide is high, cell death (apoptosis) is imminent. If ceramide is low, the cell stays alive. When THC connects to the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptor site of the cancer cells, it increases the production of ceramide which causes cell death. Healthy cells do not produce ceramide in the presence of THC.
Every cell also has many mitochondria that act like the energy source for the cell. THC creates a tiny shift in the mitochondria and let the cell dies. Basically the mitochondria’s function is to produce energy for the cell to use. As ceramide increases, the mitochondria membrane brings permeability to cytochrome, which is a critical protein to synthesis energy. As it is being pushed out of the mitochondria, it kills the energy source of the cell. The main idea is thus to increase the accumulation of ceramide by taking therapeutic quantities of GTHC and CBD over a time in order for the cancer cells to die.
We have an endocannabinoid system – The amazing fact is that our bodies have an endocannabinoid system just waiting for and exocannabinoid activator. Our own endocannabinoid system covers all nerves and cells and acts like a messenger flowing with information between our central nervous and immune system. The main purpose of our endocannabinoid system is to protect the neurons and micro-manage the immune system. It is the system that is responsible for our wellbeing. This is where cannabis comes in. With the cannabinoids in the plant it responds to the endocannabinoid system and works on bringing homeostasis to our bodies.