A certain combination of chemotherapy drugs and cannabidiol would be able to slow the growth of pancreatic cancer cells.
Pancreatic cancer and cannabidiol: the cannabis molecule would be able to triple the survival of those suffering from one of the most aggressive cancers. In fact, if assisted with chemotherapy drugs, CBD could give new hope in the medical field.
According to a new study from Queen Mary University of London, a certain combination of drugs would be able to block a protein called GPR55, slowing the growth of pancreatic cancer cells.
This opens up a new front on the therapeutic use of cannabis. The cannabidiol it is one of the components present in the Cannabis sativa plant, it is not a psychoactive compound like THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which, on the other hand, is the basis of the pain-relieving and euphoric effects. On the contrary, CBD is already known in scientific experimentation as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, but also effective against schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder and depression.
In the experiments, the researchers administered CBD and a common chemotherapy drug, Gemcitabine, at the same time, resulting in a median survival of 56 days, versus 23,5 days of chemotherapy alone.
CBD is already approved for use in the clinic, plus the researchers add that CBD is also known for improve the side effects of chemotherapy, including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, which means it could also boost the quality of life of patients undergoing chemo.
Although the research is currently on mice, it bodes well: according to the researchers, if these effects reproduce in humans, cannabidiol could be used in cancer clinics even immediately, without having to wait for the authorities to approve a new drug.
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