Could hemp be a new cure for ovarian cancer? Research into this cannabis plant’s cancer-fighting powers is promising…

A plant-based treatment for ovarian cancer could be on the way.

Researchers used cultured ovarian cancer cells to investigate the anti-cancer properties of hemp extract and the results are surprising.

Why hemp?

“Hemp, like marijuana, contains therapeutically valuable components such as cannabidiol, cannabinol, and tetrahydrocannabinol,” explains one of the researchers Sara Biela form the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy in Kentucky. “However, unlike marijuana, hemp’s therapeutic ability has not been studied in detail.”

Hemp is part of the same cannabis family as marijuana, but doesn’t have any psychoactive properties or cause addiction.

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Hemp could be better than a current ovarian cancer drug

Two new studies examined the therapeutic potential of an extract known as KY-hemp, which is produced from hemp grown in Kentucky.

In one study, the researchers found that the extract might be useful for stopping or slowing down metastasis – the spreading of cancer to other parts of the body.

The second study showed that KY-hemp slowed the secretion of the interleukin IL-1 beta. Interleukins produce inflammation that can be damaging and has been linked to cancer progression.

“Our findings from this research as well as prior research show that KY hemp slows ovarian cancer comparable to or even better than the current ovarian cancer drug Cisplatin,” says co-researcher Chase Turner.

“Since Cisplatin exhibits high toxicity, we anticipate that hemp would carry fewer side effects. However, that needed to be tested in the future.”

Source: Experimental Biology 2018 via www.sciencedaily.com

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