Scientists applied the cannabinoid to brain-cancer cells in a laboratory setting.
According to the research:
- The synthetic cannabinoid shrunk cancer cells and was even able to kill them.
- It stopped cells from “migrating” or spreading.
- Cannabinoids might even prevent tumours from developing in the first place.
The researchers called cannabinoids a “promising tool” for treating glioblastoma, an aggressive, incurable type of brain cancer.
The tumours were “susceptible to cannabinoid treatment,” they said.
A link between cannabinoid receptors and glioblastoma has been known since 2001.
The new finding confirms what other studies have found; some tumours have a high concentration of cannabinoid receptors.