TRUCE is hopeful but strives to be cautious about sharing claims of cannabis helping in cancer cures as the topic is so emotional for sufferers and those close to them – and research tends to either be preliminary animal or tissue studies, or limited to case studies not part of a systematic study design.

But serious work continues which may end up changing mainline oncology…

Here, for example, is a new “cell line” study done at St George’s, University of London indicating a specific combination of cannabinoids (highly concentrated THC and CBD in this case) when given in conjunction with conventional chemotherapy – in a particular order – may lessen the amount of side-effects-loaded chemo required while simultaneously increasing the effectiveness of the treatment in killing leukemia cells.


“This finding could result in lower doses of chemotherapy agents being required.

Chemotherapy drugs are very potent. Their use requires those administering the drugs to wear protective clothing. Packaging containing the medicines need to be disposed of in special bags or bins.

On the other hand, cannabinoids tend to have a very good safety profile.

…An important part of the cannabinoid + chemo approach is the order in which they are administered During the study, these [THC and CBD] were used alongside the common anti-leukaemia drugs cytarabine and vincristine.

‘We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment,’ said Dr Wai Liu, who led the study.

“These extracts are highly concentrated and purified, so smoking marijuana will not have a similar effect. But cannabinoids are a very exciting prospect in oncology, and studies such as ours serve to establish the best ways that they should be used to maximise a therapeutic effect.”

There’s been a significant amount of anecdotal evidence that cannabis has plenty of potential in treating various cancers – and – while research continue to be limited by the FDA/DEA – scientific evidence (mostly international) is mounting to back those claims.

Here’s the study abstract:

So, to be continued, but promising with a capital P…..

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