Would the (Drug War proponents) consider making medical marijuana legal if it cured cancer? They'd probably say it wasn't true. Just like global warming.
The findings, presented yesterday at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Los Angeles, add to evidence that marijuana may have anti-tumor properties, researchers said. Scientists speculate THC may activate biological pathways that halt cancer cell division or block development of blood vessels that feed tumors.
"THC can have a potential therapeutic role," said Anju Preet, the study's lead author and a researcher at Harvard University's division of experimental medicine. "Maybe THC is killing cells. The preliminary studies are promising."
Tumor cells dosed with THC also showed a reduction in epidermal growth factor receptor, or EGFR, which means the substance may be acting similarly to Erbitux and Vectibix, which block the protein, Preet said.