CBD or Cannabidiol is the type of compound found in the cannabis plant that is currently gaining a lot of popularity around the world for amazing medicinal properties that it possesses. The benefits of CBD are not limited to solving a particular symptom of a certain disease. Its widespread uses for various health-related disorders are noteworthy. But, is it really true that CBD can cure cancer? Research is still ongoing and it is difficult to come to a definitive conclusion, however, there have been several studies proving the impact of CBD on the various symptoms that cancer brings with it. These symptoms are either caused by the disease or by its treatment (chemotherapy).
Another important thing to know is that CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are not the same. Unlike CBD THC, CBD does not have the psychoactive properties of marijuana which gets you "high". Also, the reactions they cause are completely different. CBD is the best way to reduce chronic pain and anxiety.
Can CBD stop cancer?
There is insufficient evidence to draw conclusions about the therapeutic efficacy of CBD as a treatment for cancer of various types. However, the results of preclinical studies suggest that clinical research with CBD is promising and warrants investigation.
How can CBD help in the fight against cancer?
CBD has the power to help cancer patients through :
- Stimulate appetite: The presence of cannabinoids in
Most people undergoing cancer chemotherapy experience nausea and loss of appetite. These symptoms can make it difficult for them to maintain a healthy weight. Recently, a human study compared the effects of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - which has the psychoactive properties of marijuana - and placebo on appetite and quality of life in 289 cancer patients with anorexia-cachexia syndrome. Patients were randomized to receive one of three treatment options: 1er group (CBD and THC);CBD 2nd group (THC only); 3e group (Placebo). Patients on combined CBD and THC treatment showed the greatest increase in appetite (73), followed by placebo (69) and THC (58), respectively. Based on these results, the impact of THC alone CBD on appetite was lower than placebo, but when added to CBD, it resulted in an increase in appetite above the placebo level. This implies the potentially effective impact of CBD on appetite in cancer patients. It should be noted that the differences between the study groups did not yield any statistical significance. Therefore, the results of each study should be interpreted cautiously and do not imply the usefulness of a drug unless the results clearly state so. More research is needed in this particular area to be able to draw conclusions about the usefulness of CBD in the management of cancer-related symptoms.
- Pain: Everything about cancer is painful. From the disease to its treatment. CBD reduces inflammation and takes care of the pain without causing the opioid side effectscan cause.
- Nausea: People experience vomiting and nausea due to ongoing chemotherapy. The anti-nausea effect of CBD can stop this.
Recent advances in the treatment of cancer with CBD
Julian Kenyon conducted the first human study of its kind in 2018 to examine the anti-cancer properties of pharmaceutical grade synthetic cannabidiol (CBD). Data from a total of 119 cancer patients with different types of cancer were studied over a four-year period. The authors noted clinical responses in the majority of cancer patients (92) with CBD-filled tumors including a significant reduction in the number of circulating tumor cells in some cases and reduction in the overall size of the tumor mass, as shown by CT scans. The pharmaceutical grade CBD was well tolerated by all patients and no side effects of any kind were observed. The authors concluded that Cannabidiol could be a future candidate for the treatment of cancer, particularly breast cancer, and glioma.
It should be noted that, although CBD has shown very promising effects in the management and treatment of cancer over the long term in a single study with no side effects at all, it is still too early to make any claims about CBD for the treatment of cancer.