Synthetic cannabis may slow the growth of bowel cancer, a new study suggests.
Researchers at Pennsylvania State University tested several synthetic and natural compounds derived from the plant against the cancer cells.
While natural cannabis had little effect on the disease cells, 10 different synthetic compounds that all worked to slow the growth of tumor cells.
The study is far from proof that marijuana cures cancer, but it may suggest that some cannabis-related compounds might be useful in developing new treatments for colorectal cancer, rates of which are rising, particularly among young Americans.
Cancer treatment often winds up at the center of the controversy swirling around medical marijuana.
Ten compounds made to resemble the structures of cannabinoids slowed the growth of colorectal tumor cells in petri dishes, a new Pennsylvania State…