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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Marijuana compounds may help fight brain cancer

A combination of compounds in marijuana could help fight off a particularly deadly form of brain cancer, preliminary research suggests.


Researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute (CPMCRI) combined the non-psychoactive Cannabis compound, cannabidiol (CBD), with 9-tetrahyrdocannabinol (9-THC), the primary psychoactive active ingredient in Cannabis.

They found the combination boosts the inhibitory effects of 9-THC on glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain tumor.

"Our study not only suggests that combining these two compounds creates a synergistic effect but it also helps identify molecular mechanisms at work here, and that may lead to more effective treatments for glioblastoma and potentially other aggressive cancers," said Sean McAllister, a scientist at CPMCRI and the lead author of the study.

Previous studies had shown that 9-THC was effective in inhibiting brain cancer growth in cell cultures and in animal models and prompted a small clinical trial in Spain.


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Marijuana compounds may help fight brain cancer - dnaindia.com

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