A study has revealed that when combining existing chemotherapy treatments with cannabinoids, it can lead to better results than just chemotherapy by itself. Even better is that when the cannabinoids were administered after the chemotherapy led to a greater number of blood cancer cells dying. The opposite was achieved when they were given before chemotherapy.
Researchers are arguing that a lower dose of chemotherapy can be used on patients, which minimize the negative side effects.
Dr Wai Liu, from St George’s, University of London, the lead author of the study, said, “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.”
Olivia Newton-John recently revealed that she has a second breast-cancer diagnosis. Her daughter Chloe Lattanzi said her mother will be using cannabis oil among other natural remedies.
Dr Wai Liu believes cannabinoids are ‘a very exciting prospect in oncology’.
In the report from Liu and his researchers, published in the International Journal of Oncology, it was noted that phytocannabinoids possess ‘anticancer activity’ when used alone in treatment.
The team said, “a number of these compounds have also been shown to combine favourably with each other to kill off leukaemia cells in laboratory tests.”
Dr Wai Liu said, “Studies such as ours serve to establish the best ways that they should be used to maximise a therapeutic effect.”