Marijuana vs. Cancer: The evidence is growing

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Researchers at Amity University in India recently produced a literature survey of papers on the use of natural and synthetic cannabis compounds to treat cancer.

They found that dozens of studies have found positive effects and conclude that THC and other cannabinoids should be “exploited” as anti-cancer drugs and for other medical purposes.

Apart from having anti-nausea, anti-pain, anti-anxiety and appetite-stimulating palliative effects for cancer patients going through chemotherapy, THC also shows a “promising role in the treatment of cancer growth, neurodegenerative diseases (multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease), and alcohol addiction and hence should be exploited for potential benefits,” the researchers wrote.

The survey was done by Siddharth A. Shah, Anand Shyamlal Gupta and Piyush Kumar of the Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University, Navi Mumbai. It has been accepted for publication in the

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