Marijuana Compound May Stop Metastatic Breast Cancer

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As the odds increase of legalized medical and recreational cannabis use in all states, more studies are coming into the light on the benefits of marijuana use. As of 2018, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Maine, all lead in the shift to complete legalization of the use and growth of cannabis for personal and medical needs.

As dispensaries begin to pop-up all over the U.S., a new study by researchers in California has found that a non-toxic, non-psychoactive compound in marijuana may block the progress of metastatic breast cancer.

“This is a new way to treat a patient that is not toxic like chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It is a new approach for metastatic cancer,” said lead researcher Sean D. McAllister, an associate scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco.

The compound found in cannabis, called cannabidiol (CBD), inhibits a gene, Id-1, that researchers believe is responsible for the metastatic process that