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Korean Researchers Find CBD Promotes Cell Death In Gastric Cancer

The cannabis plant and CBD has been found by a number of studies and personal patient experiences to be an effective medicine, even against cancer.

A number of conditions can be successfully treated with medical cannabis via various consumption methods and forms of medicine.

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Korea University College of Medicine in Seoul on of those conditions could be gastric cancer.

CBD and Cancer Cell Death

A team of researchers recently conducted a study that examined the relationship between CBD and cancer cells.

Specifically, the team looked at how administering CBD affected cancer cells and normal cells. The results were very encouraging. Per the results fo the study:

“In conclusion, our study showed that CBD induces apoptotic cell death in gastric cancer cells, which is triggered by ER stress generation and subsequent XIAP inhibition by Smac. Taken together, our results suggest the potential of CBD in novel treatments against gastric cancer.”

It is worth noting that the researchers found that CBD had no effect on normal cells that were part of the study.

That is significant because it indicates that there is likely no harm or risk for patients that choose to use CBD, or at least that’s the case for the cells involved in this study.

The researchers pointed out that more research is needed on this subject. 

Facts About Gastric Cancer

Gastric cancer occurs when malignant (cancer) cells form in the lining of a person’s stomach.

The following factors can affect the risk of developing gastric cancer:

  • Age
  • Diet
  • Stomach disease

Indigestion and stomach discomfort or pain are the most common symptoms of gastric cancer.

Men are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with gastric cancer. The average age of diagnosis is 68 years old.

Cannabis May Help

The results of the Korea University study that was previously cited suggest that cannabis can be an effective treatment for gastric cancer.

However, as with all things related to a medical condition, results will vary and patients should discuss the matter with their doctor.

CBD is harmless, and the study suggests that there is no downside to trying CBD as part of a treatment strategy.

With that being said, there’s no guarantee that just because someone uses CBD that they will be cured.

If you know someone that suffers from gastric cancer share the results of this study and encourage the patient to do further research.


  • Johnny Green is the Media and Content Director for the International Cannabis Business Conference and has blogged about cannabis since January 2010.

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