Scientists at San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center have discovered that a cannabis-based compound assists in stopping metastasis of aggressive cancers, calling into question the prognosis of anyone who suffers with the disease today.
Pierre Desprez, one of the scientists involved in the study: “It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited. We want to get started with trials as soon as possible,” as stated to the Huffington Post.
This discovery was first reported by The Daily Beast, and with both laboratory and animal testing underway, they are simply waiting for the green-light to begin clinical trials in humans.
A trained molecular biologist, Desprez has spent his career researching 1D-1, the specific gene that facilitates the spread of cancer. Sean McAllister, his fellow researcher, had been studying Cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-psychoactive, non-toxic chemical compound that constitutes the marijuana plant. When Desprez and McAllister eventually collaborated, they combined cells containing high-levels od ID-1 and CBD in a petri dish.
“What we found was that his Cannabidiol could essentially ‘turn off’ the ID-1,” Desprez told the Huffing Post. The cells stopped spreading and returned to normal. “We likely would not have found this on our own,” he added. “That’s why collaboration is so essential to scientific discovery.”
McAllister and Desprez first published their research in 2007. In the decade since, they have found that CBD is effective in the lab, as well as in animals that have been tested. The good news keeps coming:
“We started by researching breast cancer, but now we’ve found that Cannabidiol works with many kinds of aggressive cancers–brain, prostate–any kind in which these high levels of ID-1 are present,” says Desprez, who is hoping clinical trials begin imminently.
“We’ve found no toxicity in the animals we’ve tested, and Cannabidiol is already used in humans for a variety of other ailments,” he said. Truly, their compound has been used to relieve nausea and anxiety, all without causing the “high” associated with THC, since it is non-psychoactive.
Cannabis activists and advocates have praised their discovery, though the researchers explained that it isn’t as easy as simply lighting a joint.
“We used injections in the animal testing and are also testing pills,” he said. “But you could never get enough Cannabidiol for it to be effective just from smoking something bought off the street.”
Their team has begun the process of synthesizing the compound in the lab instead of using the plant in an effort to increase potency.
“It’s a common practice,” explained Desprez. “But hopefully it will also keep us clear of any obstacles while seeking approval.
Prepared by consultandgrow