A new study published in the journal Cancer Medicine strengthens the evidence that cannabis may help prevent and treat cancer. The study found that women with a history of using cannabis are at lower risk for certain types of urological cancers.
In a prospective cohort of more than 151,000 participants, the researchers looked at the link between cannabis use and cancer risk. According to research from the University of California San Francisco, cannabis use before gynecological surgery in women was linked to past cannabis usage. They also found that “previous cannabis usage was a significant protective factor for PCa (prostate cancer) in men with a history of tobacco smoking.” A history of smoking cannabis had no effect on rates of testicular cancer.
These findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that cannabis may have a role to play in cancer prevention. More research is needed to confirm these findings. Still, the results of this study suggest that there is a need for further exploration into the potential anti-cancer properties of cannabinoids.
Cannabis has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Now, modern science is beginning to catch up with what traditional healers have known all along; that cannabis may have powerful therapeutic benefits. The results of this study suggest that cannabis may be able to lower the risk of certain types of urological cancers. While more research is needed to confirm these findings, they provide yet another reason to support the legalization and regulation of cannabis for medical use.