According to cancer (n.d) cannabis has another compound, cannabidiol (cbd) that “inhibits tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow.” This is great news to cancer patients as the growth of tumors is what leads to the progression of cancer. Clinical trials done by McAllister and Desprez (2007) found that “a cannabinoid with a low-toxicity profile, could down-regulate Id-1 expression in aggressive human breast cancer cells.” These are the cells that cause cancer in the human body. The best thing about CBD is that it does not have the psychoactive properties that cause hallucinations and memory loss.
Another very important role that cannabis components such as CBD plays in cancer treatment is in the reduction of pain which many cancer patients suffer from. It also has anti-emetic properties that are especially helpful for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Loss of appetite that cancer patients have is reduced by cannabis which boosts appetite.
National Cancer Institute . Questions and Answers About Cannabis.
McAllister S & Desprez P. (2007) Cannabidiol as a novel inhibitor of Id-1 gene expression in aggressive breast cancer cells.