Through a mechanism that causes mitochondria to stop producing energy, THC leads to the death of cancer cells.
There are many new studies on cannabis and cancer. It is also very important that the medical community is prepared to listen to cancer patients who describe that their symptoms are reduced by the use of cannabis, and not just the associated symptoms. The side effects of chemotherapy.
Several studies supporting unpublished reports have been conducted to confirm that CBD and THC (and other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids) play an essential role in fighting cancer THC helps the immune system find cancer cells and promotes the apoptosis (cancer cell death), while CBD helps delay or even stop metastases.
After the release of preliminary data, as in the 1975 study from the Virginia School of Medicine, the US government ended funding for cancer research that lasted 20 years.
Cannabis kills cancer cells
The reason for this comes from the endocannabinoid system and the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These cannabinoid receptors are activated by the phytocannabinoids present in cannabis. There is a theory in various studies that the disease originates from endocannabinoid deficiency.
CB1 receptors are concentrated in the nervous system, including the brain; CB2 receptors are found in all internal organs and are part of the immune system.
When THC binds to the CB1 or CB2 receptors (on a cancer cell), it causes an increase in the production of a lipid called ceramide and this leads to cell death. A healthy cell does not increase ceramide in response to THC, but a diseased cell does.
You can see in this video how THC kills cancer cells but does not affect healthy cells. The video is for a 20 hour period which is reduced to less than 30 seconds.
As the ceramide grows, this makes it easier for mitochondria to penetrate cytochrome (a cellular protein that is important for energy production). The cytochrome leaves the mitochondria and the cell is no longer capable of producing energy; in other words, it is destroyed.
We are beginning to understand how these mechanisms work and how cannabis can kill cancer. What we know for sure is that cannabis is an inexcusable killer of cancer cells and does not always affect healthy cells.