Cannabis inhibits cancer cells in early tests
Extracts of local cannabis strains have been found in a lab that can suppress cancer cells, the Department of Medical Sciences said.
Dr Supakit Sirilak, the department's director-general, said it has extracted tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) compounds from four local cannabis strains to test them against the cells of seven kinds of cancer: breast, kidney, liver, lung, intestinal, brain and pancreatic.
While THC is responsible for the euphoric high associated with marijuana, it can also ease pain and nausea, reduce inflammation and act as an antioxidant. CBD, on the other hand, can counteract the high caused by THC but also reduce anxiety, spasticity, pain and insomnia.
The team extracted oil from the flowers and seeds of four local breeds -- Hang Suea Sakon Nakhon TT 1, Tanaosi Kan Khao WUA 1 (both strains are high in THC), Hang Krarok Phu Phan ST 1, which has equal levels of THC and CBD, and Tanaosi Kan Daeng RD 1, which has a high level of CBD.