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Cannabidiol, a non-toxic marijuana-like compound, can stop metastasis in aggressive forms of the disease

By Kristen Gwynne, Alternet

Topics: AlterNet, Biology, Cancer, Drugs, Health, marijuana, Science, The Huffington Post, Life News, News

Study: Marijuana prevents spread of cancer (Credit: Reuters/Cliff DesPeaux)

Two scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco have found that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-toxic marijuana compound that delivers many of weed’s benefits without the high, might stop metastasis in aggressive cancer, “potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever.”

AlterNet

The pair, molecular biologist Pierre Desprez and researcher Sean McAllister, mixed CBD and cells with high levels of ID-1, the gene that spreads cancer, in a petri dish. What happened next was a bit of a miracle: ID-1 cells stopped spreading and returned to normal.

“What we found was that his cannabidiol could essentially ‘turn off’ the ID-1,” Desprez told the Huffington Post.

The duo have been studying CBD’s effects on cancer for years, and they first published a paper about the finding in 2007. The results just keep getting better.

“We started by researching breast cancer,” Desprez told HuffPo. “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.”

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