Cannabidiol (CBD) has been gaining a lot of attention in recent years due to its potential beneficial properties. As research continues to explore the potential of CBD in treating a variety of medical conditions, the idea of using it to treat cancer is gaining traction. In this article, we will explore the potential benefits of CBD in cancer treatment, the current research being done in this area, and the potential risks associated with using CBD for cancer treatment. We will also discuss the legal status of CBD and its availability for use in cancer treatment.
What evidence is there to suggest that CBD can be used to treat cancer?
There is some evidence that suggests CBD can be used to help treat cancer. Studies have shown that CBD can induce the death of cancer cells, reduce the growth of tumors, and reduce the spread of cancer cells. Additionally, CBD has been shown to reduce pain and nausea associated with cancer treatments. However, more research is needed to determine the effectiveness of CBD in treating cancer.
What are the potential side effects of using CBD to treat cancer?
Potential side effects of using CBD to treat cancer may include nausea, fatigue, irritability, and changes in appetite. CBD may also interact with certain medications, so it is important to speak with a doctor before taking it. Additionally, there is limited research on the long-term effects of CBD use, so these should be taken into account when considering its use.
How does CBD interact with chemotherapy and radiation treatments?
CBD has been studied for its potential to interact with chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce side effects like nausea, vomiting, and pain associated with these cancer treatments. Additionally, CBD may protect healthy cells from damage caused by radiation and chemotherapy. However, more research is needed to understand the specific interactions between CBD and cancer treatments.
Are there any long-term effects associated with using CBD to treat cancer?
Yes, there are potential long-term effects associated with using CBD to treat cancer. These effects can include changes in appetite, sleep, and mood as well as potential interactions with other medications. It is important to speak with a healthcare professional before starting any treatment with CBD to ensure appropriate dosing and to avoid any potential long-term risks.
Is there a recommended dosage for using CBD to treat cancer?
There is no recommended dosage for using CBD to treat cancer, as the research is still very limited. It is important to consult with your healthcare provider before taking CBD, as it can interact with some medications and treatments.
Marijuana is the name given to the dried buds and leaves of varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant, which can grow wild in warm and tropical climates throughout the world and be cultivated commercially. It goes by many names, including pot, grass, cannabis, weed, hemp, hash, marihuana, ganja, and dozens of others. Marijuana has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. Scientists have identified many biologically active components in marijuana. These are called cannabinoids. The two best studied components are the chemicals deltatetrahydrocannabinol often referred to as THC , and cannabidiol CBD. Other cannabinoids are being studied. This means that they cannot legally be prescribed, possessed, or sold under federal law. But the use of marijuana to treat some medical conditions is legal under state laws in many states. Dronabinol, a pharmaceutical form of THC, and a man-made cannabinoid drug called nabilone are approved by the FDA to treat some conditions. Different compounds in marijuana have different actions in the human body. For example, deltatetrahydrocannabinol THC seems to cause the high reported by marijuana users, and also can help relieve pain and nausea , reduce inflammation, and can act as an antioxidant. Cannabidiol CBD can help treat seizures, can reduce anxiety and paranoia, and can counteract the high caused by THC. Different cultivars strains or types and even different crops of marijuana plants can have varying amounts of these and other active compounds. This means that marijuana can have different effects based on the strain used. The effects of marijuana also vary depending on how marijuana compounds enter the body. The most common ways to use marijuana are in food edible marijuana and by smoking or vaping it inhaled marijuana . A number of small studies of smoked marijuana found that it can be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy. A few studies have found that inhaled smoked or vaporized marijuana can be helpful treatment of neuropathic pain pain caused by damaged nerves. Studies have long shown that people who took marijuana extracts in clinical trials tended to need less pain medicine. 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. While the studies so far have shown that cannabinoids can be safe in treating cancer, they do not show that they help control or cure the disease. Relying on marijuana alone as treatment while avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for cancer may have serious health consequences. Marijuana can also pose some harms to users. Smoked marijuana delivers THC and other cannabinoids to the body, but it also delivers harmful substances to users and those close by, including many of the same substances found in tobacco smoke. The effects can also differ based on how deeply and for how long the user inhales. Likewise, the effects of ingesting marijuana orally can vary between people. Also, some chronic users can develop an unhealthy dependence on marijuana. There are 2 chemically pure drugs based on marijuana compounds that have been approved in the US for medical use. Nabiximols is a cannabinoid drug still under study in the US. Based on a number of studies, dronabinol can be helpful for reducing nausea and vomiting linked to chemotherapy. Dronabinol has also been found to help improve food intake and prevent weight loss in patients with HIV. Research is still being done on this drug. Like many other drugs, the prescription cannabinoids, dronabinol and nabilone, can cause side effects and complications. Some people have trouble with increased heart rate, decreased blood pressure especially when standing up , dizziness or lightheadedness, and fainting. They can also worsen depression, mania, or other mental illness. Some patients taking nabilone in studies reported hallucinations. The drugs may increase some effects of sedatives, sleeping pills, or alcohol, such as sleepiness and poor coordination. Patients have also reported problems with dry mouth and trouble with recent memory. People who have had emotional illnesses, paranoia, or hallucinations may find their symptoms are worse when taking cannabinoid drugs. Talk to your doctor about what you should expect when taking one of these drugs. The American Cancer Society supports the need for more scientific research on cannabinoids for cancer patients, and recognizes the need for better and more effective therapies that can overcome the often debilitating side effects of cancer and its treatment. The Society also believes that the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance by the US Drug Enforcement Administration imposes numerous conditions on researchers and deters scientific study of cannabinoids.