Marijuana chemical may fight cancer

August 14, 2004

UPI, Washington Times

Madrid, Spain, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Spanish researchers from Madrid have said an ingredient in marijuana may be useful for treating brain cancers, the BBC reported Sunday. 

The Complutense University team said chemicals called cannabinoids may kill tumors by halting the growth of blood vessels that feed it.

By studying mice, the team has shown for the first time how these chemicals block vessel growth.

Their study, published in Cancer Research, also shows that the treatment would likely work in humans.

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