29 Mar CBD: How does it work for cancer?
CBD is the compound found in cannabis that holds many medical benefits without the mental effects of the drug and actually counteracts the psycho-activity of the THC within the drug. The cannabinoids activate certain receptors within the body that produce certain effects, especially in the immune and central nervous systems. This ability to work without that “stoned” feeling makes it a very appealing option for many people who suffer from a variety of issues like depression, diabetes, PTSD, epilepsy, and cancer. Studies have even shown that CBD can hold anti-cancer properties. There are two main categories of CBD strains; one strain contains very little THC, while the other contains equal or significant amounts of THC to CBD.
What is CBD treatment?
CBD treatment stands for cannabinoid treatment, meaning using marijuana as a treatment for cancer. Cannabinoids are the biologically active components in marijuana. Marijuana has been used in many different forms throughout many different centuries as a form of treatment and a remedy for many conditions. CBD treatment does not involve smoking or consuming marijuana, rather it’s a treatment of drugs made from marijuana compounds. Cannabinoid drugs have been developed that use the compounds found in marijuana to treat different cancer symptoms. CBD treatment has been found effective in different forms of cancer, like colon, breast, lung, leukemia, skin, and prostate cancer.
What are the options for cannabinoid drugs?
CBD drugs can vary and can be prescribed by a physician. There are two drugs currently on the market that have been approved for use. Nabilone is a cannabinoid that acts much like THC and treats vomiting and nausea that could be caused by radiation or chemotherapy. Dronabinol is a drug that has been approved by the FDA to treat poor appetite, weight loss, and nausea in cancer patients. There is another still under study, named Nabiximols, which is a mouth spray that can be used to treat pain.
What can CBD treatments do?
CBD capsules can help reduce nausea caused by chemotherapy, improve food intake, prevent weight loss, and treat pain. There are also studies that have been done that show that CBD treatments can interfere with tumor neovascularization, adhesion, invasion, and metastasization. These studies have shown that CBD can kill cancer cells by disrupting the cell’s reticulum and pushing calcium in the cytosol. This process break downs the proteins in the cancer cells and they can no longer survive. While there is no evidence that cannabinoids can cure cancer, it can be used as an alternative therapeutic agent. Some people who try CBD treatments experience decreased blood pressure, drowsiness, mood changes, or increased heart rate, so it’s always important to discuss all options with your physician. Most doctors who may prescribe CBD as treatment prescribe it as a way to manage the patient’s symptoms, not as a cure for the cancer.