CBD for Cancer
Researchers are investigating how CBD may be of aid to treat cancer and cancer-related symptoms. More studies on human trials need to be conducted for scientific evidence on CBD and its use for cancer treatment. Some promising studies show that CBD may help manage some of the symptoms presented from the side effects of cancer treatment like nausea, appetite loss and pain.
CBD may be helpful to battle symptoms caused by chemotherapy such as nausea. CBD may interact with the 5-HT1A receptors that could help reduce the nausea sensation. As state before, CBD stimulates the production of serotonin and it could help further stimulation of the vomiting center in the brain. CBD also interacts with anandamide, the bliss molecule, a neurotransmitter and endocannabinoid, to increase a state of happiness.
Studies performed on a group with cancer-related pain showed a significant reduction of pain not achieved by pain medication. Cancer and cancer treatment can lead to pain due to inflammation, nerve damaged and pressure on organs and sometimes even strong opioids may become resistant. CBD indirectly interacts with endocannabinoid receptors reducing inflammation and decreasing pain.
Cancer treatments can also lead to the loss of appetite making it hard to achieve healthy weight goals. Using THC and CBD can help stimulate appetite. CBD may be a good option for those who do not want the psychotropic effects of THC but more research needs to be done on the use of CBD alone to help stimulate appetite.
Test-tube analysis and studies performed in animal trials showed promising benefits that CBD may have anticancer properties.
One test-tube study using concentrated amounts of CBD provoked death of cancer cells in human breast cancer cells.
Another study performed on mice showed that CBD blocked the spread of aggressive breast cancer cells.
CBD should not be used to replace any cancer treatment. CBD research still in its infancy and more research besides test-tube and animal trials needs to be done on the potential benefits and efficiency.