Wednesday 26 November 2014

Cannabis may be used to reduce tumours

Press Association

Published 15/07/2014 | 02:30

Researchers warned that cancer sufferers should not be tempted to self-medicate. PA
Researchers warned that cancer sufferers should not be tempted to self-medicate. PA

CANNABIS could be used to reduce tumour growth in cancer patients, scientists have said.

New research reveals the drug's main psychoactive ingredient – tetrahydrocannabino (THC) – could be responsible for its success in shrinking tumours.

It is hoped that the findings could help develop a synthetic equivalent with anti-cancer properties.

But researchers warned that cancer sufferers should not be tempted to self-medicate.

Dr Peter McCormick, from the University of East Anglia's (UEA) school of pharmacy, said THC's anti-cancer properties have been known for some time but the study had identified the receptors responsible for fighting tumours.

Dr McCormick added: "Our findings help explain some of the well-known but still poorly understood effects of THC at low and high doses on tumour growth."

Press Association

Promoted articles

Read More

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News