Cancer is a disease caused by the uncontrolled growth of a cell. This growth is unleashed by mutations – changes in DNA that affect specific genes that prompt unlimited cell growth.
In a normal cell, precise genetic circuits regulate cell division and cell death. In a cancer cell these circuits are damaged and this triggers growth that cannot be stopped.
Despite advances in cancer science, many cancers are virtually incurable. Furthermore, even if conventional therapies are effective, they cause permanent or long-term damage along with great discomfort, pain, short-term nausea.
Phytocannabinoids derived from the Cannabis plant appear to be the ideal biological solution to cancer. These molecules exert anti-cancer activity against common and less common types of cancer in animal and cell models; their widespread therapeutic effects indicate that they could fight all types of cancer at some level.
Of course, it is possible that some cancers or some patient populations are resistant to phytocannabinoid treatment.
However, it is already clear that Cannabis extracts can fight many cancers in humans and research is needed to determine the scope of this type of antitumor medicine.
There is scientific and anecdotal evidence that could be a useful guide for future research.