DERRY TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. – Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine believe they may have found a way to use compounds of cannabis to battle colon cancer. The year and a half long study shows some synthetic compounds were able to slow or stop the growth of the cancer.
It was all done in a lab, with test tubes of synthetic derivatives of marijuana and colon cancer cells.
“They may be effective in colon cancer,” said Kent Vrana, Penn State College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology Chair. “It was surprising to us, the two main ingredients in marijuana itself CBD and THC were not particularly effective.”
While the study found THC and CBD to not be effective in stopping colon cancer cell growth, marijuana is a complex drug. The study tested 370 different synthetic compounds, each having the possibility to do something different. Ten of them stopped cell growth of seven