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Could medical cannabis help in the fight against brain cancer?

August 17, 2021

Researchers at the University of Leeds are studying whether medical cannabis could be used as a treatment for glioblastoma. This is the first ever major human trial involving medical cannabis for cancer therapy. The medical cannabis being used is in the form of a spray, and this spray has already been approved to treat multiple sclerosis patients who have muscle spasms.

Professor Susan Short will lead the study, which involves 232 glioblastoma patients from 15 hospitals in the U.K. Two-thirds of them will receive the spray along with a chemotherapy drug. One-third will be given a placebo in place of the spray.

We looked in Foundation to see how medical cannabis is being used in the treatment of brain cancer.

We found three clinical trials:

  1. A Study of the Safety and Pharmacokinetics of BRCX014 in Patients with Glioblastoma
  2. A Phase 2 Double-Blind Randomised Controlled Clinical trial assessing the Efficacy of Medicinal Cannabis in patients with recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme
  3. AflacSTI901: Peds WPI066


There have also been six patents related to medical cannabis and glioblastoma, most involving dispensing and delivery.

Patents related to medical cannabis and glioblastomaPatents related to medical cannabis and glioblastoma

This chart indicates that there has been a rise in the number of news articles published on the topic from 2020 to 2021.

News articles related to medical cannabis and glioblastoma from 2020 to 2021News articles related to medical cannabis and glioblastoma from 2020 to 2021

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Lesley Pink

Lesley Pink, our senior digital editor/writer, has written across a range of industries including artificial intelligence, actuarial science, government, law, and financial journalism. She's a fan of the serial comma and mint chocolate chip ice cream. And no, pink is not her favorite color. You can reach Lesley at lesley@resolute.ai.