Marijuana Destroys Leukemia Cells, Says Totally Chill New Study

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The fight against Leukemia, a common from of cancer that affects bone marrow and white blood cells, just got a little easier thanks to medical marijuana. 

A gang of 420-friendly scientists at St. George's University of London determined that cannabis use resulted in greater apoptosis, or death of cancer cells.

Their key finding was that the use of cannabinoids was most effective when paired with traditional chemotherapy. What's more, the timing was critical.


Researchers, led by Dr. Wai Liu, found that "getting lit" (scientific term) after undergoing chemotherapy was most effective at killing cancer cells. On the contrary, cannabis use before chemotherapy was deemed less effective. Getty images

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"We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment," Dr. Liu told the Daily Mail.

"Studies such as ours serve to establish the best ways that they should be used to maximize a therapeutic effect."

But Dr. (Buzzkill) Liu cautioned that your average blunt won't do. The oil extracts they used in the research were so "highly concentrated and purified" that smoking ground-up marijuana plants won't produce the same benefits.

Still, we might rip a bong hit just in case...