Medical Marijuana and Cancer

Medical Marijuana for Cancer

New research has provided substantial evidence about what many people have long suspected: marijuana kills cancer cells. The National Cancer Institute recently published its research about Cannabis, indicating that it has shown positive results with killing cancer cells in the laboratory, while also suggesting that “Cannabis and cannabinoids may have benefits in treating the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer therapies” (, 2017). 

Health reporter Alan Mozes for ABC News published a recent study by Dr. Manuel Guzman and Dr. Guillermo Velasco from the Complutense University of Madrid who have spent several years researching the effects of cannabis on cancer cells. In the report by ABC News, Guzman and Velasco performed a study by using microscopes to examine brain tissue, taken at different points of THC treatment, and they concluded that “THC eliminated cancer cells” but left the normal cells unharmed (, 2017). 

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This type of research acts as a marker to support the continued research of medical marijuana as a treatment for cancer patients. Ultimately, these studies show the greater need to incorporate cancer therapies that include the foundations of cannabis. To learn more about online medical marijuana doctors or getting an online medical marijuana card, visit or download ZenMD available now available for Android and iPhone users. 

How does marijuana kill cancer cells? 


Medical researchers have observed over years of conducting experiments that THC causes cancer cells to engage in a process called autophagy. Autophagy is the process of disassembling and removing unnecessary components within the cell.

This process was observed when two patients, suffering from “recurrent glioblastoma multiforme” (, 2017), signed up for a clinical trial with Guzman and Velasco, which was designed to test THC’s potential as a cancer therapy.  


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Medical Marijuana Kills Cancer by Autophagy


After analysis, Guzman and Velasco determined that the cancer cells have been broken down but the normal cells remained intact. Amazingly, the scientists have also figured out how to track the signaling route activated by the autophagy process. The results of this research indicate that further study and cannabinoid research could yield a whole new family of potential antitumoral agents, as well as changing the current societal perception of medical marijuana (, 2017). 

Recurrent glioblastoma multiforme is one of the most common and aggressive forms of primary brain cancer in the United States. This devastating form of brain cancer displays symptoms that include headaches, personality changes, nausea, and others resembling a stroke. Symptoms often worsen rapidly, which is why it often goes undetected until it is too late.  

The average patient lives only three months after being diagnosed with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme if they refuse treatment. Although there is still a great deal of research that can need to be conducted before marijuana can become part of regular treatment, it has still been observed to extend the average life expectancy after diagnosis.

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Findings from clinical trials published by the National Cancer Institute have indicated: 

  • Cannabidiol (CBD) by mouth to treat solid tumors that have recurred (come back) (, 2017). 
  • An oral spray combining 2 cannabinoids (delta-9-THC and CBD) given with temozolomide to treat recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (, 2017). 
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) to treat acute graft-versus-host disease in patients who have undergone allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (, 2017). 

Over 40% of brain tumor patients in the United States are using some form of alternative treatment with or instead of the usual cancer treatments like chemotherapy. Sadly, marijuana is still stigmatized in modern society despite all its benefits. Many people forgo seeking medical marijuana to maintain social standards, even though medical marijuana may be the best treatment for them. 

MMJ Doctor Online solves that problem for many people. The entire process can now be completed through consulting with an online medical marijuana doctor. Requirements include being 21 years or older, having appropriate identification, and having a qualifying medical condition such as chronic pain, anxiety, cancer, AIDS, arthritis, seizures, muscle spasms, nausea, migraines, PTSD.  


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Through, all you need to do is fill out a form that describes your pain or illnesses, including family medical history. If you do not have any of the aforementioned medical conditions, please ensure that you mention it in the form for the doctor to make the appropriate diagnosis.  

In just a few minutes, a doctor will assess the information and determine a recommendation for a medical marijuana card. After the doctor recommends a medical marijuana card, you will be able to use medical marijuana under certain guidelines. 

Patients can choose from types of marijuana, the form it comes in, and the dosage required. The various forms of weed are differentiated by THC content and often come in a variety of forms such as smokable, edibles, and topicals. 

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