In hopeful news for anyone afflicted with a glioma tumor, one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, a new research paper says that cannabinoids are capable of dramatically increasing receptivity to radiation treatments.
Gliomas are responsible for about 30% of all brain and central nervous system tumors and 80% of all malignant brain tumors. Dr. Wai Lui, one of the lead researchers of the paper said, “We’ve shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults.” Using a three-pronged approach, Lui’s team gave patients THC (the fun part of weed) and CBD (the non-psychoactive part of weed) in concert with radiation treatments. The results showed a significant improvement for those treated.
The momentum behind the legalization of weed for any purpose is certainly picking up steam with two more states legalizing recreational use, and New York City finally implementing a very lenient policy for possession starting Tuesday. However, the speed at which the U.S. is legalizing cannabis for medical use is appalling. As of now, only 23 states and Washington D.C. have implemented medical use laws for a drug that has been proven time and again to be helpful in a wide range of settings.