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  •  Like I said, if the antioxidant properties are (1+ / 0-)
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    the causal link then why are there strong antioxidants like the CBD cannabinoid in cannabis resins that are effective treatments for many of these same types of cancer. NAC and vitamin E are chemicals that have many components which might stimulate some cancers as this study suggests but it's not necessarily the antioxidant properties of these items. It's an invalid leap in logic to say all antioxidants in general stimulate cancer growth as suggested in this diary.  

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    by RMForbes on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:00:59 AM PST

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    •  If you have articles, I'd happily look at them (2+ / 0-)
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      a cursory search of pubmed for the antioxidant capabilities of CBD didn't turn up lots.

      From the wiki page on CBD, the cancer fighting properties of CBD seem to be due to the induction of oxidative stress - the opposite effect of what antioxidants normally do.  

      The article discussed here shows a direct link between the antioxidant properties of Vit. E and NAC to downregulation of p53 and resulting growth of the cancers studied. As they are different types of antioxidants studied here, it suggests it is a common function of antioxidants.  

      I would not argue with you that other antioxidants, CBD included, could have different pharmaco-effects independent of their antioxidant activities, or perhaps that the two antioxidants studied here have some effect in common independent of their antioxidant activities.  But, occham's razor and all.  

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