Medical marijuana may help destroy tumors, study finds

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A new study further solidifies claims that medical marijuana can be beneficial in treating different forms of cancer.

Experts from St. George’s University of London have found that using concentrated amounts of cannabis along with chemotherapy resulted in greater death of cancer cells, reports the Daily Mail.

In a study published in the International Journal of Oncology, lead author Dr. Wai Liu and his colleagues found that compounds found in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, combined with common forms of chemotherapy treatment resulted in greater induction of apoptosis, or the death of cancer cells.

Researchers also found that using medical marijuana after receiving chemotherapy is more effective at killing cancer cells, when compared to using it before treatment.

“We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment,” Dr. Liu told the Daily Mail.

Dr. Liu’s team also observed that the medical cannabis used must be a concentrate, so merely smoking a joint likely won’t provide any…

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