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The Science Behind The Miracle: CBD and MMJ Could Kill Cancer

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The use of marijuana for medical purposes dates all the way back to2500 BC, when Emperor Shen Neng in Asia used a cannabis tea to treat gout, malaria and rheumatism

Since then, the use of marijuana and it’s extracts for medical purposes has gained popularity and credibility worldwide.

Cannabis can help people with cancer to manage some of its symptoms as well as adverse effects caused by traditional treatment.

With the legal use of CBD, marijuana, and other cannabis products, people are now curious to use them for various disorders, including cancer.

But what are CBD and medical marijuana? And can they help with cancer?

CBD Vs. MMJ

Cannabidiol (CBD) and medical marijuana (MMJ) are natural products of cannabis that are used for health problems.

The major difference between CBD and MMJ is the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in MMJ. THC is the compound in cannabis, which is responsible for the “high” sensation.

Besides, both CBD and MMJ act differently on your body.

So, how do they work?

The human body also has cannabinoid chemicals known as endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids attach to proteins (receptors) and are involved in various systems and processes throughout the body. For instance, pain sensation, and appetite are influenced by endocannabinoids.

But as these molecules are multitasking, they are also associated with certain disorders, such as neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

CBD and MMJ combine with endocannabinoids to produce various effects in your body.

CBD and MMJ for Cancer

Cancer causes irreversible damage or a reversible imbalance in homeostasis.

The cannabinoid system in our bodies is thought to help maintain or correct the state of homeostasis with the help of cannabinoids like CBD and THC.

Cannabinoids induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cells under high stress, such as cancer cells, which helps to restore the state of homeostasis.

According to research:

  • CBD and MMJ hold properties that have the potential to alleviate symptoms of cancer treatment and slow down, even halt cell growth.
  • Both synthetic and natural cannabinoids have multiple effects on the cells.
  • The effects of cannabinoids depend on the level of cannabinoid receptors on the cancer cells and the dose or concentration of cannabinoids.

Various cannabinoids, when studied in lab tests, have shown wide ranges of effects including:

  • Triggering death of cancer cells
  • Stopping cancer cells from dividing
  • Preventing new blood vessels from forming in tumors
  • Reducing the spread of cells
  • Speeding up the cell’s “waste disposal system.”

Where Can They Help?

Evidence has found that cannabinoids can stop the uncontrolled growth of cells found in various cancers, including:

  • Skin cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Neuroblastomas

Cancer Prevention

Research on the role of CBD and MMJ has mixed reviews.

According to a study, cannabinoids, especially THC, suppresses the immune system. But it is not yet confirmed if it modifies the risk of cancer or not.

Scientists will need to carry out extensive research to prove this, controlling dosing, frequency of use, and other variables.

Final Thoughts

Various studies have proved the benefits of CBD and MMJ for managing cancer and its symptoms. However, extensive research is needed to understand more about it.

With the recent attention on the cannabinoid system, as well as with the legalization of medical marijuana in many parts of the United States, more properties of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids are being further researched.

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