A team of researchers in India conducted a meta-analysis of the existing research on cannabis and cancer, and concluded that the results of these studies are too exciting to ignore.
Over the past two decades, the medical community has discovered that medical marijuana can treat a startlingly wide range of illnesses ranging from epilepsy to anxiety to chronic pain. Some researchers even believe that cannabis can be used to treat cancer, an illness that is responsible for over half a million deaths a year in the US alone.
As promising as this idea sounds, there are actually very few studies that have examined whether cannabinoids can help treat the symptoms of cancer or even stop the growth of the disease. A team of researchers from Amity Institute of Biotechnology in India recently conducted a meta-analysis of the existing research on cannabis and cancer, and concluded that the results of these preliminary studies are too exciting to ignore.
“Cannabis was extensively utilized for its medicinal properties till the 19th century,” the researchers wrote. “A steep decline in its medicinal usage was observed later due to its emergence as an illegal recreational drug.”
The study goes on to note that even though researchers across the world have spent decades trying to find a cure for cancer, “the utilization of THC and [cannabis] derivatives is still unexplored pharmacologically owing to their 'habit-forming' nature.”