Hope has been raised as a result of a study which has been made available in “Oncology Reports” that identified that by stimulating cannabinoid receptors in the body, it can help start the process of apoptosis in prostate cancer cells. Apoptosis is what is known as “programmed cell death” in cancer cells in the prostate – or cell suicide.
What Happened During the Study?
During the study, the team of researchers looked at prostate cancer cells as well as cells from sufferers of another condition called BPH – benign prostatic hyperplasia. BPH is a condition that is characterized by a large increase in the number of prostate cells, which are not cancerous, but not like normal cells. The researchers then stained these cells in order to help them track how the cannabinoid receptors would act during the study. They then took cannabinoids, which were found naturally in the human body and treated some cells with this, and they also treated other cells with a receptor antagonist, which prevents receptor stimulation, then added the endocannabinoids.
What were the Results?
The team found that were more CB1 and CB2 receptors found in cancerous prostate cells compared with BPH cells. When the cells were exposed to the endocannabinoids, it was found that many of the cells did not survive. They also found that as the dose of endocannabinoid increased, it resulted in more cell deaths.
For the cells that were treated with cannabinoid receptor antagonist, cell survival was at normal levels. This allowed the researchers to conclude that the receptor antagonist blocks the receptors that the endocannabinoids would bind to in order to produce the increase in cell death.
Following the results of the study, the researchers concluded that the effect that the endocannabinoids produce is to initiate the apoptotic cycle in prostate cancer cells (i.e. cell death). The researchers went as far as to say that the results of the study mean that these endocannabinoid treatment methods may be beneficial to prostate cancer sufferers when all other treatment methods have failed.
Cannabis has been proven in many research studies to be effective at treating many symptoms of prostate cancer. A sufferer can experience conditions such as pain, “wasting syndrome”, as well as other symptoms such as anorexia and nausea.If you suffer from prostate cancer and feel that cannabis could benefit your symptoms, make sure you consult your doctor as well as your nearest dispensary. You can find your nearest location by using the dispensaries near me tool on Cannabis.net.
It is important to emphasize at this stage that research is still in its infancy with regards to cannabis and its effect on the treatment of prostate cancer. Let’s hope research accelerates and cannabis and endocannabinoids are able to be offered to patients within the near future.