NEO Magazine Issue 2 - Page 7

there to debate? Cannabis being illegal is a crime against human beings and strips individuals of their birth right to live healthy and happy lives. studies proving the effectiveness of cannabis as a cure-all; still the use of this plant is treated as a criminal offence by governmental officials. Around the world those who are ill live in fear that they “A new study by Salazar et al in The Journal of may be put in jail for simply taking action to heal Clinical Investigation demonstrates that THC causes their bodies and stay alive. The CBD and THC tumor cells to begin to degrade themselves from compounds in cannabis work together to create an the inside (a process called autophagy, i.e. “self- ideal environment within the body for cell regeneating”). Although autophagy has been shown eration and optimal holistic balance of the endoto promote cell survival in some cases and cell cannabinoid system. death in others, the authors show that in this case it causes cancer cells to undergo programmed cell The endocannabinoid system is possibly the most death (apoptosis). Thus, THC activates a series of important physiologic system active in creating events within cancer cells, inhibiting tumor growth.” and conserving human health. The endocannabi(*1) noids and their receptors perform different tasks throughout the body to achieve homeostasis, Further the maintenance of a stable internal environment irrespective of fluctuations in the external enviCBD has also been demonstrated to exert a ronment. They are found throughout the body: in chemopreventive effect in a mouse model of colon the brain, glads, connective tissues, organs and cancer.[20] In the experimental system, azoxymimmune cells. Strategically placed at the intersecethane increased premalignant and malignant tions between various internal and external syslesions in the mouse colon. Animals treated with tems of the body, aiding in communication and azoxymethane and CBD concurrently were protect- organisation between different types of cell. (*7) ed from developing premalignant and malignant lesions. In in vitro experiments involving colorectal If our own endocannabinoid system can maintain cancer cell lines, the investigators found that CBD metabolic homeostasis and even cure serious protected DNA from oxidative damage, increased disease, why are we plagued by illness? We endocannabinoid levels, and reduced cell prolifknow that the body produces only small amounts eration. In a subsequent study, the investigators of anandamide and 2-AG; enough to maintain the found that the antiproliferative effect of CBD was body but not enough to ov