Medical marijuana has gained attention in recent years for its potential to relieve pain and short-term anxiety and depression. Now, Penn State College of Medicine researchers say some cannabinoid compounds may actually inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells in the lab.

The researchers tested the effects of synthetic cannabinoid compounds on colon cancer cells in an experiment in test tubes.

While the compounds most commonly associated with cannabis — THC and CBD — showed little to no effect, 10 other compounds were effective at inhibiting cancer cell growth.

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Katie Bohn ~ News.PSU.Edu

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