When exploring the uses of CBD oil is imperative to understand its origin. CBD oil is one of the many therapeutic substances found in cannabis plants. There are two types of cannabis plants: hemp and marijuana. Many confuse the two and are, therefore, reticent when considering using CBD. The reality is, however, that while marijuana contains enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to produce an altered state in its users, hemp does not. CBD in isolation contains no psychotropic compounds.
Our bodies naturally possess something called an endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for the production of lipid-based neurotransmitters that bind to the body’s own cannabinoid receptors and receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems.
CBD works by stimulating the production of neurotransmitters thus helping the body reset. The end result can be seen as a reduction in inflammatory processes throughout the body, decreased sensation of pain and increased sensations of relaxation.
Experts are still working to unlock all the applications of CBD. Thus far CBD has proven results in treating the following:
There is undeniable evidence that CBD can reduce tumor growth in animal models of cancer. It has even been suggested that CBD may be used to enhance the effect of traditional cancer treatments by increasing the potency of certain drugs such as chemotherapy and various biologic agents. (source healthline.com)
A 2019 review of studies focusing on pancreatic cancer, glioblastoma and colorectal cancer found that CBD helps to slow the growth of malignant cells within tumors which, in turn, reduced evidence of metastasis by inducing cell death in tumors.
Other research has established the use of CBD in pre-clinical models of metastatic breast cancer. The study concluded that CBD aided in the reduction of breast cancer cell reproduction. Cancer cell reproduction is what eventually leads to metastasis (or spread) to other areas of the body.
Traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can produce and array of symptoms and side effects ranging from anxiety and loss of appetite to depression and nausea. CBD has long been accepted as an aide for patients undergoing treatment as an aide to soothe the unpleasantries of treatment.
CBD is natural, however, even substances that occur in nature must be approached with caution. If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment speak to your team of physicians about your desire to incorporate CBD into your treatment plan.
Here are some useful tips:
Above all, take your time finding the right dose for you. Speak to your physician to ensure everyone is on the same page with your treatment plan. He or she can also guide you when it comes to dosage.
CBD is beneficial when used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatments. Whether it be used to ease the symptoms of treatment or for the much touted and newly discovered effects CBD has as an actual treatment for a variety of cancers, one thing is certain - CBD is on the radar for many patients undergoing treatment. It may be time for you to see if you are one of those who may reap its benefits.
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