Today is World Cancer Day, a day during which the entirety of humanity reflects on the terrible losses we collectively suffer to cancer every day. Cancer has affected us all in one way or another, from the illness or death of relatives or friends to the loss of world-famous and beloved figures such as David Bowie.

World Cancer Day invites us to remember those we’ve lost and those who currently battle cancer, but in addition, it reminds us that together, we have the potential to defeat cancer. In the realm of medical cannabis, research into the potential applications of cannabis for cancer patients is ongoing around the world. Broadly speaking, research into medical cannabis and cancer may be divided into two categories: one set of studies focuses on the use of cannabis and cannabinoids to fight cancer cells directly, while the other set addresses the potential applications of cannabis with respect to the symptoms of cancer.

Below, we link to original research being carried out in both areas. While this body of research is growing, it is comparatively in its infancy, and it may be years before the medical community at large endorses medical cannabis use for cancer.

Current research
Medicinal Use of Marijuana
Role of Cannabinoid Receptor CB2 in HER2 Pro-oncogenic Signaling in Breast Cancer
Dronabinol has preferential antileukemic activity in acute lymphoblastic and myeloid leukemia with lymphoid differentiation patterns
Anti-tumoral action of cannabinoids on hepatocellular carcinoma: role of AMPK-dependent activation of autophagy
Cannabidiol as a novel inhibitor of Id-1 gene expression in aggressive breast cancer cells.
Estrogenic induction of cannabinoid CB1 receptor in human colon cancer cell lines.