Cancer and CBD: What is it and How Can it Benefit You?

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There are two types of cannabis plants: hemp and marijuana. Many confuse the two and are, therefore, reticent when considering using CBD.

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.

How does the body process CBD?

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:

  • Management of chronic pain
  • Inflammation and other immune system responses
  • Diseases of the nervous system
  • Insomnia
  • As an aide for appetite and digestion • motor control
  • Liver function
  • Bone growth
  • Muscle formation
  • Skin and nerve function
  • Reproductive system function

Can CBD oil be used in conjunction with chemotherapy to treat different types of cancer?

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

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.

CBD in tandem with traditional cancer treatment, what do we know?

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.

What to do if you are considering incorporating CBD into your 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:

  • Talk to your doctor about the benefits of CBD and make an informed decision.
  • Reach out to your patient care representative. Western medicine is still catching up when it comes to the benefits of CBD and other natural remedies, however, many times these patient reps and nurses have the most cutting edge knowledge as they are often the ones on the front lines with patients, administering the medications and following up to see what, if any, side effects they may be experiencing.
  • Join a support group. Sometimes there is no better place to learn of the different options available during cancer care than by getting together with others experiencing similar things as you.
  • Visit a local dispensary. The staff there is skilled to answer any and all questions you may have about CBD and its possible applications.

Once you have made your decision, here are a few things to consider when choosing the right CBD product for you:

  • Look at labels to see how much CBD is in each product before purchasing. Products with higher CBD content may work better for you than others.
  • Decide whether you want to use an isolate or a full spectrum product. Isolates contain only the essence of CBD and are actually much more difficult to extract as they contain no other cannabinoids. Most importantly, a CBD isolate contains no THC.
  • A full spectrum product contains a variety of cannabinoids and may contain some trace elements of THC. Many full spectrum products are not derived from hemp so take the time to identify products that are derived from marijuana based CBD. If you choose a marijuana based product make sure you identify the amount of THC in the product as THC does have psychotropic effects.

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.

In conclusion: CBD can be used in tandem with traditional cancer treatments to achieve a better result.

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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