Can CBD oil help to treat cancer in the future?

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Can CBD oil help to treat cancer in the future?

Cancer is the biggest issue we have been dealing with for a long time. There are millions of people around the world that are suffering from cancer. Some of them will recover only if cancer is diagnosed at the early stage. However, if it has passed the first stage there are chances that you will not be able to treat the problem. As the cancerous cells spread in the body, chances of recovery are reduced.

For decades, scientists have been looking for a remedy or vaccination that can help treat cancer or protect us from it. However, it seems like most of the experiments and theories have failed because a proper treatment for cancer has not been developed yet. No doubt that in the medical industry improvements have been made and there are many temporary treatments which are available. They have increased the chances of survival. However, we do not have 100% surety that cancer can be treated.

The increased popularity of CBD oil has motivated the scientists to test the oil for the treatment of cancer as well. It seems like the tests are showing positive results and there are chances that we will get a permanent treatment for cancer. Here we have everything you need to know about cancer and CBD oil.

Cancer treatment and CBD oil

Recently, it has been found that not only cannabis but CBD oil also helps to fight against cancerous cells. CBD oil is extracted from the hemp and cannabis-like plants. It is a non-psychotic chemical that has many amazing benefits. CBD works with the endocannabinoid system of the body. It is an important system of the body that has receptors in almost of body parts and it has control over the regulatory system of the body.

CB1 and CB2 are the two receptors in which CBD oil can show its reaction. The CB1 receptors are located in the nervous system and mainly brain. Whereas, CB2 receptors are mainly located in the immune system of the body. It has been found that THC will directly stimulate the receptors and that is why it causes the psychotic effects that are not good for the human body. On the other hand, CBD will only stimulate the receptors, just like the natural process of our body and that is why chances of side effects are reduced.

Over the past few years various studies have been done on the effects of CBD on the human body and several benefits have been found. Some of the amazing medicinal properties that have been found in CBD oil are:

  • Antipsychotic 
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • Antiemetic (reduces nausea and vomiting) 
  • Antioxidant 
  • Anti-tumoral/anti-cancer 
  • Anticonvulsant (suppresses seizure activity) 
  • Anxiolytic (combats anxiety) 
  • Antidepressant 
  • Analgesic (relieves pain)

The most famous property of CBD is the anti-tumor or anti-cancer property. The reason is that it has grabbed the attention of many specialists. It has been proved in several studies that CBD has the properties to kill the lung and breast cancer. Some of effects of CBD that has been found in the studies are:

1. Stimulate the cell death with apoptosis. 

2. Stops the division and proliferation of malignant cells in the body.

3. CBD can protect the new blood vessels from turning into tumorous cells. 

4. It is helping to reduce the chance of spread of cancer cells throughout the body. In this way the cells will not move or invade the normal cells. 

5. It speeds up the autophagy process of cancerous cells.

6. It speeds up the internal waste disposal mechanism of body.

It is just the beginning; the scientists are working hard to prove these aspects to assure that CBD oil will be used in the treatment of cancer.

CBD oil treatments

There is no scientific proof available, this is the reason that doctors are not allowed to prescribe or use CBD oil as the first line treatment of cancer. However, it has been noticed that there are many specialists that are suggesting their patients to use CBD oil once they have gone through the primary treatments like chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

After the treatment of cancer, there are different types of side effects that people have to deal with like loss of hair, weight loss, and uneven skin tone. Most of the individuals are ready to accept these side effects but the real problem arises when they have to deal with other issues like pain, fatigue and other issues. We know that the hair and weight problem will be resolved with the passage of time but what to do about the other issues. Most people are not allowed to take medication after the treatment and that is why they have to bear the side effects that come with the treatment. In order to make the process easier for the patients there are many doctors that are prescribing the use of CBD oil.

Most of the specialists have accepted the benefits that come with the CBD oil and that is why they are ready to allow the patients to use it after their primary treatment. It has been found that the condition of most of the patients has improved. They have recovered in limited time. they have shown progress. Over the past few years in most of the patients, the cancerous cells developed again even after the treatment. However, after the utilization of CBD oil, it has been found that the chances of growth of cancerous cells have reduced dramatically. It might seem surprising to some but most of the doctors now agree that in future there are chances that the CBD oil will be used for the treatment of cancer.

Conclusion on CBD and cancer

It has been found that CBD has shown some promising results when it comes to the treatment of cancer. The only issue is that scientific proofs are not available and that is why doctors are not allowed to use CBD oil directly for the treatment, but they are using it for the rehabilitation process. it has reduced the growth of cancerous cells in the body.

Sources used in this article:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22625422
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29061818
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28588483
https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/cannabis-pdq
https://www.marijuana.com/news/2017/02/dr-sanjay-gupta-talks-truth-immorality-opioids-and-weed-4/


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