Experts have shown that when certain parts of cannabis are used to treat cancer tumors alongside radiotherapy treatment the growths can virtually disappear.
The research was led by specialists at St George’s, University of London.
They studied the treatment of brain cancer tumors in the laboratory and discovered that the most effective treatment was to combine active chemical components of the cannabis plant which are called cannabinoids.
Two of these called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) were tested as part of the research into brain cancer, which is particularly difficult to treat and claims the lives of about 5,200 each year.
It also has a particularly poor prognosis, as the rate of survival after five years of patients’ diagnosis is around 10%.
Cannabinoids are the active chemicals in cannabis and are also known more specifically as phytocannabinoids. There are 85 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.
The new research is the first to show a drastic