How can synthetic cannabis slow down the growth of cancerous tumors?

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With colorectal cancer still on the rise, especially among young people, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have highlighted, according to a new study revealed by the Daily Mail, that some synthetic cannabinoids slow down the growth of cancer cells in cancer. colon. .

A new study by US researchers suggests that synthetic cannabis could slow down the growth of cancer in a part of the large intestine.

For example, a team from the University of Pennsylvania has tested different synthetic and natural cannabinoid compounds against cancer cells, according to Daily Mail. And while natural cannabis has had little effect on the cells of the disease, 10 different synthetic compounds have helped slow the growth of cancer cells.

"Now that we have identified the compounds that we believe have this property, we can begin to modify them to make them more effective against cancer cells," said study co-author Kent Vrana. from the newspaper.

These compounds, says the newspaper, do not come from cannabis, but are made in the laboratory to mimic the structure of those present in the plant.

Cannabinoid receptors are involved in maintaining the digestive system. Thus, our body has an endocannabinoid system – a series of receptors – that is part of the central nervous system. This network of receptors is involved in maintaining a healthy and stable digestive system, particularly in the colon and rectum. Previous studies have shown that two of these receptors could activate or deactivate tumor growth.

It seems that when one of these, CB1, is "activated", it helps to prevent the growth of colorectal cancers. When the receptor is missing or deactivated, it promotes the growth of tumors in the organs. When the other receptor, CB2, is activated, it seems to have the opposite effect, promoting tumor growth in the colon.

"And in the end, we can explore the potential of these compounds to develop drugs to treat cancer," he added.

Scientists at the University of London had previously stated that humanity needed to halve the consumption of red meat and sugar and switch to a plant diet to prevent the increased morbidity of cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

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