In Australia, one of the best neurosurgeons tested in a study whether medical cannabis can be used against aggressive brain tumours.
Prof.Charlie Teo and BioCeuricals (nutritional supplement company) lead this clinical study. They are testing whether certain cannabinoids can alleviate the symptoms or even slow down cancer growth. For the study, 82 Australians aged between 19 and 70 who have a brain tumour were treated with daily oral doses of cannabis. The drug contained high doses of the cannabinoid THC.
The product that we are using in the trial is an organic, whole plant extract which is taken orally as an oilBelinda Reynolds from BioCeuticals told 9News.
What Pro. Charlie Teo Said
“One of the main improvements that we’re hoping to see is reduction in that nausea so they feel less ill and also an improvement in appetite which can ultimately help with reducing that weight loss” -Ms Reynolds
“To be a realistic we are looking at a treatment that may offer people some benefit” – Prof Teo added
Patients must continue the normal forms of therapy during the study. The experts involved are not promising a cure but said they want to put some science behind the use of medicinal cannabis, and offer patients some relief from this devastating disease.
About 1000 Australians are diagnosed with GBM each year, with treatment options limited to surgery, chemo and radiation therapy.
“It is the most aggressive of all cancers known to mankind and has a terrible prognosis” – Prof. Teo