A chemical found in the cannabis plant has “significant therapy potential” for treating pancreatic cancer, according to a study in mice at Harvard’s Dana Farber Cancer Center. The chemical FBL-03G is a derivative of a flavonoid, which are found in cannabis and other plants.
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  • “The most significant conclusion is that tumor-targeted delivery of flavonoids, derived from cannabis, enabled both local and metastatic tumor cell kill, significantly increasing survival from pancreatic cancer,” researcher Wilfred Ngwa Ph.D. said.
  • There’s likely to be more than a year more of pre-clinical studies before it can be tested in humans.
  • The flavonoid is only in cannabis in miniscule quantites, but scientists have figured out a way to genetically engineer cannabis flavonoids.
  • Pancreatic cancer only accounts for about 3% of U.S. cancer cases, but it is among the deadliest forms of the disease.
  • The chemical has the potential to treat other cancers as well, according to Ngwa.

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