Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most effective treatments for cancer. There is some perplexity when people who don’t suffer from cancer hear that but it is undisputed: cancer patients around the world depend on CBD oil to manage their pain, treat their cancer and prevent a recurrence of cancer.
The science is clear and plentiful on how CBD and THC destroy cancer cells.
CBD oil, once a primary pain management method, is being used to treat seizures, PTSD, autoimmune disorders and more today.
The National Cancer Institute, a body of the American government, states clearly that ‘cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years’. It goes on to acknowledge that ‘cannabinoids activate specific receptors throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects’.
- CBD for cancer treatment used in FDA approved drugs
Cannabis oil for cancer is a key ingredient in medications dronabinol and nabilone – drugs approved by the Federal Drug Administration for cancer treatment and cancer related side effects.
In fact, the health benefits of CBD are much more
NCI reports numerous studies and trials that have incontrovertibly proved that CBD oil effects are the same – if not greater- than traditional chemotherapy.
- Cannabinoids reduce tumour growth and induce tumour cell death
The US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, reports of a stud that showed cannabinoids to have improved cancer treatment outcomes. The study focused on pancreatic cancer, noting that CBD, THC and derivative proteins showed a marked inhibition in tumour cell growth. Moreover, research showed tumour cell death – meaning remission.
A short summary the investigation and outcome of the study: In vitro and in vivo studies investigated the effects of cannabinoids in pancreatic cancer. Simply, ‘Cannabinol receptors have been identified in pancreatic cancer with several studies showing in vitro antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects. The main active substances found in cannabis plants are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)’.
- Treating ‘untreatable’ advanced breast cancer
Late stage breast cancer has a high fatality rate. Breast cancer cells propagate aggressively and there are very limited treatment options for patients. To find non-toxic and targeted therapies, the efficacy of cannabis was explored.
Researchers determined that with CBD treatment they could regulate Id-1 and Id-2 factors (which regulate the metastatic potential of breast cancer). They were able to significantly reduce the tumour mass size, and reduce the progression of breast cancer. These are breakthrough developments for CBD for cancer treatment.
The European Union has also permitted use of CBD to treat certain forms of epilepsy in children.
- CBD oil for managing chemotherapy side effects
Chemotherapy has as detrimental an effect on the health as does the cancer itself. It’s why so many patients turn to marijuana for chemotherapy treatment.
Nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite are debilitating effects of cancer treatment. Chemotherapy can ‘cut down’ any cancer patient in half – draining their energy and making them endure tremendous suffering. It can easily be asked, how many patients lose the will to live due to chemotherapy rather than the cancer itself?
The American government acknowledges that marijuana is an incredible antiemetic – helping reduce the incidence and severity of nausea and vomiting. It restores appetite too. But, most importantly, marijuana provides pain relief and helps people recover their sleeping patterns.
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- Cannabinoids an analgesic (pain management)
It is almost a misnomer to term CBD oil for cancer ‘pain management’ medication. Cannabis greatly reduces the pain patients experience either due to cancer or as a result of surgery and chemotherapy. Recent studies into cannabinoid-induced analgesia (pain reduction) have look tremendously at cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids and synthetic agonists.
CBD accomplishes its analgesic affects through supraspinal, spinal and peripheral action. The compounds in cannabis bind with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the human body. CB1 receptors are found in the central nervous system and in peripheral tissue. CBD binds with these receptors, making for extremely effective pain management therapy.
Cannabinoids also bind with CB2 receptors, which produces an anti-inflammatory effect (more on that later).
Studies have shown CBD to have the same or greater pain reduction as compared to morphine – without the associated risk of addiction!
- Anti-inflammatory effect
When cannabinoids bind with CB2 receptors in the body, they produce a significant anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation is a symptom of cancer that can be very difficult to manage with allopathic treatments. However, CBD has been determined as helping the body release histamine, serotonin and keratinoctyes, which have a significant anti-inflammatory effect.
For patients it has meant a marked improvement in quality of life and reduce pain. Best of all, CBD oil for cancer does not induce adverse side effects on other organs – such as the kidneys and liver – which are common with allopathic medicines.
CBD trials are underway to assess its effectiveness for treating seizures, PTSD and other conditions.
- Stimulating appetite
A loss of appetite in cancer patients is very common. Whether due to the psychological effect knowing you have cancer has; due to the medication you are prescribed; or as a result of chemotherapy, food loses its significance and taste.
Weight loss, insufficient nutrition and stomach ulcers are all direct results due to insufficient eating. In fact, cancer patients are known to become anorexic, socially secluded and disfigured due to a dramatic lack of nutrition. Clinical trials have shown that patients receiving oral dronabinol showed a statistically significant increase in appetite after 4 to 6 weeks of treatment. Specifically, those receiving CBD orally showed a stabilization in weight; however, patients who had received placebos continued to lose weight.
Studies into the effectiveness of cannabis continue to show how it is essential for cancer treatment today. Whether patients rely on it to manage their pain or as a primary cancer treatment method, CBD has proven its worth for non-toxicity and lack of side effects.
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