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Israeli Scientists Have Found a Way to Potentially Reduce Chemo Doses with CBD

Cannabis, Cancer and Chemotherapy

CBD could help doctors reduce doses of chemotherapy drugs for cancer patients, according to a study published in the Frontiers in Pharmacology journal.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered that cannabidiol (CBD) can help direct traditional chemotherapy drugs to specifically target malignant cancer cells, while ignoring healthy cells. This new method could allow doctors to cut back on patients’ doses of chemo, reducing the severity of side effects commonly associated with these medicines.

The study demonstrated that doxorubicin-mediated cell death is significantly more potent, requiring an order of magnitude lower dose, when co-applied with CBD.

In other words, low doses of doxorubicin — which would normally be ineffective at killing cancer cells — became effective when combined with CBD. This CBD-facilitated effect will minimize the off-target effect of doxorubicin and therefore will substantially reduce adverse side effects.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered that cannabidiol (CBD) can help direct traditional chemotherapy drugs to specifically target malignant cancer cells, while ignoring healthy cells. This new method could allow doctors to cut back on patients’ doses of chemo, reducing the severity of side effects commonly associated with these medicines.

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