William Stash Jones
Oregon Cannabis Connection
A new study in the United Kingdom is looking at the compound CBD (Cannabidiol) specifically as a treatment for brain tumors in children. The study has been prompted by a rush of desperate parents that have been found buying the cannabinoid online and administering it themselves in an attempt to cure their children’s disease.
Lead Professor Richard Grundy of the Nottingham University’s children’s brain tumor center explained, “New ways to treat childhood brain tumors are urgently needed to extend and improve the quality of life in malignant brain tumor patients, so we are excited at the prospect of testing the effect of cannabidiol on brain tumor cells.”
Richard Grundy explained to The University of Nottingham:
“Brain tumors are the biggest cancer killer of children in the UK but the disease receives less than 1% of the UK’s cancer research funding. New ways to treat childhood brain tumors are urgently needed to extend and improve the quality of life in malignant brain tumor patients so we are excited at the prospect of testing the effect of cannabidiol on brain tumor cells.”
“Increasingly families are using CBD, often at great expense, presently there is no evidence that it might be of benefit or even what dose to use or how often. It is therefore very important to obtain objective scientific evidence of whether CBD is active against Children’s Brain tumor cell lines.”
The research has support from a wide sector of researchers and medical professionals. The Astro Brain Tumour Fund is one and they want to see a viable treatment option, not just have unsupervised application of medicine and no study to determine the actual effectiveness.
“Now that we are also helping fund research into the potential efficacy and safety of cannabidiol for brain tumour patients, we will hopefully help start a similar process towards clinical trials,” explained Katie Sheen from Astro Brain. “Without a strong evidence base for these new treatments patients are stumbling in the dark and, as we are named after a star, we hope that our work brings light to that darkness.”
Let us hope the research yields some results so parents aren’t wasting their time, money, and efforts on a treatment that may not work. Science is necessary to find real solutions, not anecdotal evidence and unscientific treatments that can’t be controlled, studied, and documented properly.
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