Cancer and CBD

CBD and Cancer

Cancer and CBD

Cancer and CBD is a combination that is stirring up a lot of interest lately. Cannabinoids as herbal medicine can be traced back to early as 500 BC. In more recent years, attention is being drawn to the use of non-psychotic cannabinoids, cannabidiol or CBD to treat cancer. The National Library of Medicine states that most recent findings strongly support the need for further development of CBD as a promising anti-cancer drug.

Cannabinoids cover a wide array of organic molecules. This even includes ones that are physiologically produced by humans, synthesized in laboratories, and extracted from the cannabis sativa plant.

Marijuana and Cancer

Marijuana has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. Currently, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lists marijuana and its cannabinoids as Schedule I controlled substances. This means it is illegal to prescribe, possess, or sell it under federal law. Even though marijuana in any form including marijuana oil or hemp oil has not been approved by the FDA for any medical use, it is legal under some state laws for treatment of medical conditions.

But there are two drugs that have been approved by the FDA to treat some conditions. One is Dronabinol which is a pharmaceutical form of THC, and nabilone a synthetic cannabinoid drug. These are approved by the FDA to treat some conditions. More research is ongoing to determine the health connection between Cancer and CBD.

Far be it from me to question science, but what is the purpose of recreating a natural plant that is shown to have healing powers by making it a synthetic drug just so you can approve it legally? Why would you just not use it in its natural healing compound instead of trying to duplicate? It reminds me of the old saying “Don’t try to reinvent the wheel.”

How can marijuana affect symptoms of cancer?

Studies are currently under way by many different groups to find the effects marijuana use may have on those with Cancer. In studies of cancer patients who are smoking marijuana, they found that it can be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy. In other studies, they have found that inhaled (smoked or vaporized) marijuana can be helpful treatment of neuropathic pain.

For quite a long time, studies have shown that people who took marijuana extracts in clinical trials tended to need less pain medicine. Now scientists are reporting that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD can slow the growth of certain cancer cells and actually kill off certain other types of cancer cells growing in lab dishes. Plus, there have been some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer.

There have been some early clinical trials of cannabinoids in treating cancer in humans and more studies are planned. The results so far are not showing that it kills cancer, just that it can slow or stop the growth of it. Other studies are underway to see what other benefits to using CBD in the fight against cancer.

Possible harmful effects of marijuana

One study reported that the use of marijuana can also pose some harm to users. It went on to say that the most common effect of marijuana is a feeling of euphoria , or as it is commonly called, getting high. I have been contemplating on that statement. So here is a human being who is suffering a horrible disease. This person may have been going through extreme pain and sickness.

They have probably had their poor body ravished with chemo or radiation in an effort to help them get well and feel better. If you have known anyone who has undergone conventional treatments for cancer, you know how weak it makes their poor bodies, causes them to lose weight and feel so bad they can’t get out of bed some days.

And then they want to tell us that there is an alternative with cannabis products but that the downside is it will give you a feeling of euphoria? Hmmm. Let’s see. Have man made chemicals rushing through my body and totally draining me or suffer sometimes of feeling good as natural ingredients are going through my system. I think it should be common sense that Cancer and CBD would be something worth the research teams investing more time into.

But out of all the info I have read on this subject, the fact that baffles me the most is this. The FDA and therefore the federal government, is aware that cannabis and CBD can help with cancer. But since it is illegal on a federal standard, they are making it in as a synthetic formula, so they don’t break any laws. Yet, states who have passed laws to make cannabis and CBD legal, can treat patients with the natural form. If somebody can make any sense out of that, you are smarter than me.

We will continue to monitor information on the outcome of this research and keep you posted in future blogs. From what we are reading so far, we feel that Cancer and CBD will become a popular topic.

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