A new study published in the journal Chemotherapy has found that cannabinoid receptor activation – something done naturally by cannabis and cannabinoids – can lead to the death of gastric cancer cells.
For the study, researchers at the Catholic University of Korea’s Department of Internal Medicine studied the effects of a cannabinoid receptor agonist (which cannabis is) on mice injected with gastric cancer cells.
It was found that, after 14 days, “Tumor volume decreased by 30% in the WIN 55,212-2 [a cannabinoid receptor agonist] -treated group.. Apoptotic [self-destructed] cells were found more commonly in the WIN 55,212-2 treatment group than in the control on immunohistochemistry.”
Researchers conclude that activation of cannabinoid receptors has “antineoplastic effect [the ability to kill cancer cells] on the gastric cancers in in vivo model.”
The full study can be found on the website for the U.S. Library of Medicine