Video credit: Cannabis Saves Lives!
A Spanish professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by the name of Manuel Guzmán has carried out research into cannabis and its properties for the last 12 years. Specifically Prof. Guzmán researched how our brain lipid (fats) metabolism (nutritional processing) works as well as liver regulation (control). He also researched what medical applications could be made from using cannabis as a cancer treatment as well as for other conditions. He is also part of the Cannabinoid Signaling Group which is a group of intellectuals that research and study cannabinoids and their properties for future medical research and application.
In relation to his cancer research Prof. Guzmán is interested in how cannabinoids from the cannabis plant can influence cell creation and death as this knowledge could lead to a further understanding of how cannabinoids from cancer can help treat cancer, a subject we have spoken about many times in our own research articles.
Some findings mentioned within the video elude to the pathways cannabinoids from cannabis (phytocannabinoids) and endocannabinoids use to do their regulatory jobs and keep our bodies and brains in a healthy balance.
In this video, Manuel Guzmán described the study and research that is taking place in his lab in order to use cannabinoids as a cure for cancer. Cannabinoids, the active components of cannabis show potential benefits and effects in cancer patients by preventing vomiting, pain, and nausea. These compounds also inhibit the growth of tumour cells
Manuel Guzmán asks the question:
“Can cannabinoids cure cancer? or can cannabinoids inhibit tumor growth? Well, it depends on what type of tumor. So far there is no therapy that is effective for all types of cancer. There are some therapies that were relatively fine in precise types of cancer. One of the first questions is, and whether of course cannabinoids can be promising in treating cancer. I would add which types of cancer we first have to try to define which types of cancer are really prone to be treated with cannabinoids”.
All in all, cannabis as a potential drug is looking promising. However, due to the lack of study and knowledge on its side effects, the drug needs a significant amount of further research. Yes we can say cannabis has been used to treat cancer, but we are far from saying here is a treatment that cure cancer in anyone. This is a dangerous misinterpretation being promoted in the media and my blind cannabis advocates.