Mechanism of Action of Cannabinoids on Tumor Treatment

A group of international researchers demonstrated as the major psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol- can reduce tumor growth in patients with cancer.
Previous studies by Dr.. Cristina Sánchez García of the Complutense University of Madrid described as cannabinoids have anti-tumor properties and specifically as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) induces death of brain tumor cells through the activation of the autophagy.
Researchers have discovered how the administration of THC to mice with human tumors activate cell death through autophagy and causes reduction of tumor growth and. These results can be extrapolated to humans, where intracreaneal THC administration activated the phenomenon of cellular autophagy.
New research team Dr. Sánchez García together with researchers from the University of Anglia observed as in breast tumor cells, THC also has an anti-tumor role activation through interaction of CB2 and GPR55, two receptors for cannabinoids.
It is important to point out as the research uses a chemical compound isolated from a specific concentration cannabinoids. Cancer patients should not use cannabis as a treatment, but research expected progress for the synthesis of an effective and safe equivalent.