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Cancer and Medical Marijuana

Cancer and Medical Marijuana

Cancer affects more than 14 million people in the United States and is often fatal.

While there are many types, the treatment options are often quite similar. Unfortunately, the side effects from cancer treatments are often reason enough to seek alternative therapies.

Research shows, cannabis can possibly cure cancer. Plus, with CBD oil, you can experience healing effects without feeling high. This article explains how CBD (and medical marijuana) is used to treat cancer.

Make sure you check out the following video. It explains how CBD kills cancer cells:

 

 

What is cancer

At its most basic, it’s when your cells grow abnormally. It is also known as “malignancy” and encompasses over a hundred different types. Symptoms vary according to which type of cancer you have, as does the treatment method. The effectiveness of cancer treatments also varies according to many determining factors, and certain kinds of cancers are more deadly than others.

What causes cancer

There has been plenty of discussion about all the supposed causes of different types of cancer, but it is well known that not all of these causes are legitimate or proven. For example, there is some hype about artificial sweeteners increasing a person’s risk for cancer. However, that has not been proven or even linked in humans. A similar claim is that cell phones cause cancer, although this has not been proven or disproven. Other unproven “causes” of cancer include bottled water (BPA), dental fillings, deodorants and antiperspirants, fluoride, and other household products. Again, these have not been proven.

What causes of cancer?

What causes it?

Some other causes are considered legitimate. This includes exposure to radiation (such as with X-rays), but usually, it only applies to high exposure. If you are being X-rayed, you are covered in a lead blanket so that your exposure is minimal (and generally considered safe). Eating too much meat could increase the chances of getting colon cancer, and preservatives in meat (“nitrites”) cause cancer as well. Besides smoking, air pollution also causes lung cancer.

Types of cancer

There are more than a hundred different types making it impossible to cover them all here. There are a handful of types of cancer that are more common than the rest, however, including breast, lung, skin and colon cancer, leukemia (cancer of the blood), and prostate cancer.

Symptoms of cancer

Although there are many types of cancer, it is important to know the warning signs and symptoms of different types of common cancers. The trouble is that there are so many different types, and many of their symptoms are common symptoms of non-life-threatening ailments such as a cold or common infection. It is important to know the symptoms anyway.

Cancer cell

Cells

Some of the following symptoms could mean you should get yourself checked:

  • Skin changes, such as spots or moles (skin cancer)
  • A nagging cough, especially if it includes blood or won’t go away (lung cancer)
  • Breast changes, such as lumps, pain, or discharge (breast cancer)
  • Bloating, especially combined with fatigue, back pain, or weight loss (ovarian cancer)
  • Problems urinating – men (prostate cancer)
  • Swollen lymph nodes (lymphoma or leukemia)
  • Bloody stool or urine (colon,kidney or bladder cancer)
  • Testicle changes, such as a lump (testicular cancer)
  • Problems swallowing (throat cancer or cancer of the esophagus)
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding (cancer of the cervix, uterus, or vagina)
  • Mouth problems, including canker sores, bad breath, or red or white patches (oral cancer)
  • Weight loss, especially rapid (cancer of the lung, esophagus, pancreas, or stomach)
  • Fever that won’t go away (leukemia or lymphoma)
  • Heartburn or indigestion, especially ongoing (stomach cancer)
  • Consistent, unexplainable fatigue (leukemia; colon or stomach cancer)

Current treatments for cancer

Treatments such as chemotherapy are commonly used to treat various forms. Chemotherapy involves the destruction of harmful cancer cells through the use of drugs and is often combined with radiation therapy, surgery, or biological therapy. The trouble with chemotherapy is how harmful its side effects are. Fatigue, digestive issues, weight loss, hair loss, lack of appetite and nausea are all common side effects of chemotherapy.

Treatment for cancer

Treatment for cancer

The problem with present-day cancer treatments is that, even though they are trying to do as little damage to healthy parts of the body as possible, they still often end up causing lasting harm to individuals receiving the treatment. Despite this harm, the treatments aren’t always effective.

CBD and cancer

Most people know that medical marijuana can have some serious health benefits. But could it possibly also be used to treat cancer? Because of the ineffectiveness of conventional treatments for cancer, it’s no surprise that people have begun considering the potential benefits of medical marijuana and other alternative treatment options.

CBD vs Cancer

CBD vs Cancer

The great thing about using medical marijuana is that it doesn’t come with the dangerous side effects that other cancer treatments do. It won’t drastically lower a patient’s quality of life the way chemotherapy and other treatments will, and some evidence shows that it might be just as effective (if not more effective) than the conventional routes of treatment.

Medical Research on Medical Marijuana and cancer

Although it’s far from being completely accepted as a legitimate option in mainstream culture, there have been some studies that have shown the incredible benefits of using medical marijuana for cancer treatment. Several studies have shown some very promising results.

For example, in February 2015, a study showed that marijuana users had a 45% lower rate of bladder cancer than non-marijuana users. This study tracked men between the ages of 45 and 69 years old over the course of 11 years. Of the 279 (out of the 34,000 studied) who developed bladder tumors, it was concluded that there was a 45% reduction in the risk of bladder cancer in the men who used marijuana but not tobacco.

Medical Marijuana for cancer patients

Medical Marijuana

Another preclinical study, run by the NCI (National Cancer Institute), showed that marijuana has antitumor effects. Specifically, the cannabinoids in marijuana have antitumor effects. This study indicates that the development of cells and the blood vessels that tumors need are blocked, and harmful cells are even killed. Colon inflammation might be prevented, reducing the risk of colon cancer, and antitumor activity took place in cases of breast cancer and colon cancer, among other things. Of course, these are preclinical studies only done on rats and mice, but they are certainly promising in terms of how medical marijuana may affect humans with cancer.

Medical Research on CBD and cancer

Of course, the part of marijuana that has these healing effects are the cannabinoids. This includes THC, the cannabinoid most commonly sought after for recreational use, as well as CBD, which is more often associated with medical marijuana. CBD, in particular, has been shown to help with a wide variety of ailments, and cancer is no exception.

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Luckily, studies are being done to look further into this as well. One study from 2011 shows that CBD actually kills off breast cancer cells — without also having the harmful effect of killing healthy cells off (a common side effect of conventional cancer treatments). While this study was specifically done on breast cancer cells, it bodes well for other types as well.

Even an organization that typically considers marijuana to be a harmful drug, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has admitted that marijuana has antitumor properties (especially CBD). This was specifically in relation to a more aggressive type of brain tumor, citing evidence that the tumor was shrunk by CBD.

CBD vs THC

As mentioned above, cannabinoids are the reason medical marijuana can be such a useful medicine. Cannabinoids are naturally absorbed into our bodies by receptors of the endocannabinoid system. While THC and CBD are the most common and best-known cannabinoids, they are far from being the only ones in marijuana plants — there are a minimum of five others contained in this useful plant.

CBD vs THC

CBD vs THC

CBD can reduce inflammation, balance emotional disorders, benefit the gastrointestinal system, and ease neurological ailments. It is a pain reliever and potentially even a cancer cell killer. CBD does not have the “high” effects that THC does in recreational marijuana, making strains with higher CBD levels and lower THC levels appealing for those only using it for medical purposes.

THC does also have some significant medical benefits, however. It can help with fatigue, the loss of appetite, and even asthma.

How to take medical marijuana for cancer

While the best-known way of taking marijuana is smoking, this is far from the only option available. In addition to smoking, vaporizing can be a similar alternative to achieve fast acting relief. The heat required to smoke or vaporize marijuana can lessen the medical benefits, however.

The good thing about vaporizing is that it takes away any of the negative side effects that come with smoking anything. This is because the heat involved in a vaporizer is not as high as with smoking.

Many medical marijuana patients prefer to use pills, eat edibles, or use tinctures or transdermal forms of it. These all come from marijuana oil, a concentrated form of marijuana.

CBD oil to treat cancer

While medical marijuana isn’t allowed everywhere, generally states that have any laws allowing for medical marijuana will start with CBD oil to treat specific ailments. CBD oil can be infused into a variety of ways of taking marijuana, including edibles, pills, and tinctures.

CBD oil for cancer

CBD oil

Edibles can take the form of sweets, or they could be anything cooked with CBD oil. Tinctures are fast-acting and can be dropped directly on the tongue — just a drop or two will give relief in a short amount of time. CBD oil is also used for the liquid put into a vaporizer and can be inhaled that way for fast-acting relief.
Using CBD oil to treat cancer may be a risk-free way of fighting cancer, relieving symptoms, or even lessening the side effects of conventional treatments.

Grow your own cancer medication

Because medical studies have started to show that marijuana can have some amazing effects, it makes sense to many to grow their own marijuana plants, so they know exactly what type of strain they are growing and where exactly it comes from.

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Cannabis sativa, for example, can relieve pain, increase mobility, and help patients sleep better. It’s also a natural source of CBD. If you grow your own Cannabis sativa, you can have this relief whenever you need it.

The best strains for cancer treatment include: Girl Scout Cookies Extreme. Order your seeds today to start growing your own treatment.

Have you ever tried medical marijuana and did it work out for you? Please share your experience in the comments below.

Robert

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2 thoughts on “Cancer and Medical Marijuana


By Greg on 1 June 2017

My wife was diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer. We have only started her treatment a day ago, but have seen her appetite increase. Any progress we see is a big boost for her optimism.

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