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A handful of other clinical trials of cannabinoids for cancer are being set up.
We’re helping to support the only two UK trials of cannabinoids for treating cancer, through our Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) Network. One is testing a man-made cannabinoid called dexanabinol in patients with different types of advanced cancer.
So far, the best results from lab studies have come from using a combination of highly purified THC and cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid found in cannabis plants that counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC.
But researchers have also found positive results using man-made cannabinoids, such as a molecule called JWH-133.
And in 2015 the scientific journal published a supplement of review articles about various aspects of cannabis. Claims that there is solid “proof” that cannabis or cannabinoids can cure cancer is highly misleading to patients and their families, and builds a false picture of the state of progress in this area.
This is because virtually all the scientific research investigating whether cannabinoids can treat cancer has been done using cancer cells grown in the lab or animals.
These studies use highly purified chemicals found in the cannabis plant, or lab-made versions of them, and there is genuine interest in these as potential cancer treatments.
But this is very different to street-bought cannabis and hemp oil available online or on the high street, for which there is no evidence of any impact on cancer.
“Cannabinoids” is a blanket term covering a family of complex chemicals (both natural and man-made) that lock on to molecules on the surface of cells called cannabinoid receptors.
Or read on for everything you need to know about cannabis and cancer.
Cannabis has lots of names, including marijuana, pot, grass, weed, hemp, hashish or dope.
Few cancer topics spark as much online debate as cannabis.
The bottom line is that right now there isn’t enough reliable evidence to prove that any form of cannabis can effectively treat cancer in patients.