The combination of cannabinoids and chemotherapy could be the key to improving cancer treatment. This is according to a new study published in the International Journal of Oncology on May 29, 2017.
Led by Dr. Wai Liu, researchers examined samples of leukemia cells and tried differing combinations of chemotherapy and cannabinoid treatments and then gauged the effectiveness of each treatment.
Researchers found that the combination of cannabinoids and chemotherapy yields better results than chemotherapy alone, which implies that similar levels of effectiveness could possibly be achieved by using lower doses of chemotherapy.
Unfortunately for the cannabis enthusiast, despite the promising results, lighting up a joint is unlikely to replace traditional cancer treatment any time soon.
“These extracts are highly concentrated and purified, so smoking marijuana will not have a similar effect,” explained Liu in a statement. “But cannabinoids are a very exciting prospect in oncology, and studies such as ours serve to establish the best ways that they should be used to maximise a therapeutic effect.”