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New study from Australia shows modified cannabis can kill cancer

Chemical compounds found in cannabis, especially cannabidiol (CBD), are effective in treating the symptoms of many cancer types. But now there are signs that it can potentially cure the disease by attacking cancer cells.

Cancer researcher Matt Dun, of the University of Newcastle in Australia, recently completed a three-year study showing that a specific modified cannabis strain is destructive to certain types of cancer cells, while remaining harmless to human body cells.

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According to the press release from the University of Newcastle:

Laboratory tests conducted at Newcastle University and the Hunter Institute of Medical Research have shown that a modified form of medicinal cannabis can kill or inhibit cancer cells without affecting normal cells, revealing its potential as a treatment and not just a relief drug.’

This strain, called Eve, was modified to contain less than 1% of the expected amount of ‘THC’, the compound associated with the psychotropic properties of cannabis, while at the same time having a very high amount of CBD. Dun and his team worked with the Australian Natural Therapeutics Group (ANTG) to develop the strain and carry out the necessary tests to determine its potential as an invasive agent in cancer.

The next steps include testing the strain on other types of cancer cells in the hope of persuading lawmakers around the world and taking cannabis testing seriously. Studies such as the one carried out are difficult to carry out in places where cannabis is still considered a dangerous and illegal drug, as in the US where it remains classified as a substance of the same risk as heroin.

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