Cannabis compound kills off cancer cells | Daily Mail Online

A compound in cannabis is ‘significantly’ effective in destroying cancerous tumours in leukaemia, research suggests.

A new study found that combining existing chemotherapy treatments with cannabinoids – the active chemicals in cannabis – had better results than chemotherapy alone.  

The findings suggest that a lower dose of chemotherapy can be used on patients, minimising side effects of the treatment, say researchers.

Furthermore, scientists discovered that order the treatment was administered was crucial – using cannabinoids after chemotherapy resulted in a greater death of the blood cancer cells.

Lead author of the study, Dr Wai Liu, from St George’s, University of London, said: ‘We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment.’

The report found cannabinoids had a 'significant' effect on cancer cells in leukaemia... read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4573826/Cannabis-compound-kills-cancer-cells.html

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