Marijuana may protect cancer patients from drug’s side effects

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study revealed marijuana’s CBD cannabinoid could protect the heart from the side effects of the cancer drug  Doxil (generically known as doxorubicin).

The study, published in the September issue of Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology,  found that when lab rats were given small doses of the CBD cannabinoid,  in conjunction with a standard doses of Doxil, there was no detectable heart issues associated with the doxorubicin. And the rats that were exposed to doxorubicin, but not given any CBD, showed signs of notable harm done by the drug

Doxil is part of a family of chemotherapy drugs, and  is designed to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. But its use may lead to “cardiac toxicity” (read: heart problems).

The study was conducted by researchers at the College of Medicine, King Faisal University at Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.

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