End 4/20 Shame: Could Cannabis Treat Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is one of the most prolific forms of cancer for women in the U.S. according to U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics. About one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and in 2018, over 40,000 women in the U.S. are expected to die from breast cancer.
So, it’s no wonder that breast cancer is one of the most researched diseases. Around the world, millions of women are desperate for a treatment and cure. The good news is that a new and more effective form of treatment might be closer than you think.
According to a study by researchers in California, a non-toxic, non-psychoactive compound in cannabis may block the progress of metastatic breast cancer. Cannabidiol (CBD) has been found to inhibit the gene, Id-1, that researches believe is mainly responsible for spreading cancer cells throughout the body.
In an interview with ABC News, Sean D. McAllister, the Lead Researcher and Associate Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco, talked about using cannabidiol as an alternative to standard breast cancer treatments. “This is a new way to treat a patient that is not toxic like chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It is a new approach for metastatic cancer,” he said.
The Id-1 gene is only found in metastatic cancer cells, and if doctors have the ability to turn this gene off, they can more effectively stop and treat even the latest stages of cancer. And that’s exactly what Senior Researcher Pierre-Yves Desprez is looking into.
“We are focusing on the latest stages of cancer,” Desprez told ABC News. In the late stages, it’s not the cancer itself that is dangerous because the tumor can always be easily removed with surgery. The problem is the development of metastatic cells, which carry