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Information about Pancreatic Cancer:
Pancreatic cancer is a serious form of cancer that is often fatal. Less than 30% of those diagnosed with it survives one year. Less than 10% survive five years.
Living with pancreatic cancer often means living with pain, depression, and problems with eating. Conventional medications also introduce additional uncomfortable side effects.
Similar to other types of cancer, marijuana may provide relief for those suffering from pancreatic cancer. This article explains what pancreatic cancer is and how marijuana and CBD oil can help treat its symptoms and improve the quality of life for those with it.
Check out the following video to see how hemp oil helped cure Wallace Rose’s pancreatic cancer.
What is Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease that kills about 77% of patients within one year of diagnosis. It occurs when cancerous (malignant) cells form within the pancreas’ tissues. Your pancreas is responsible for producing digestive juices and blood sugar-regulating hormones.
Exocrine pancreas cells produce digestive juices, while endocrine pancreas cells are responsible for producing the hormones. Most cases of pancreatic cancer begin in the exocrine cells.
What Cause Pancreatic Cancer
When the DNA of a cell located within the pancreas becomes damaged, the cell can multiply abnormally. Each individual cancer cell divides, grows and multiplies at a rapid rate. This causes it to become a cancerous tumor that has no boundaries within the carrier’s body. Eventually, the tumor will travel throughout the body (metastasize) through the lymphatic system or blood.
The exact process that occurs from the DNA damage to the onset of pancreatic cancer is not completely understood. Some mutations occur in every pancreatic cancer patient, other vary from person to person. Some happen randomly, others are in direct response to environmental or physical forces.
There are various causes of pancreatic cancer, as well as risk factors for developing the deadly disease. Some include:
– About 5-10 percent of all people with pancreatic cancer also have at least one immediate family member who has or had it. Several genes have been found to be associated with greater risk.
– Research was conducted on 88,000 nurses. Obese nurses were at higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Those who worked out often were half as likely to get it when compared to those who never worked out.
– Some research has linked diabetes to pancreatic cancer.
– Scientists have linked pancreatic cancer in animals to a diet high in meat and fat, especially processed or smoked meat.
- Cigarette Smoking
– This is a well-known common risk factor for many forms of cancer, including that of the pancreas. The more a smoker smokes, the greater the risk. Those who quit smoking can return the risk factor to that of a person who’s never smoked after being smoke-free for 10 years.
- Selenium & Lycopene
– These nutrients were found to be at low levels in some people with pancreatic cancer. There’s no proof that it causes or contributes to the development. But, researchers suggest adding more yellow and red veggies, as well as lean meats to your diet for an adequate amount of selenium and lycopene.
There’s nothing on the market that can completely stop the development of pancreatic cancer. But, eliminating the risk factors in your life will help reduce the risks. Also, treat your body with a healthy diet, exercise frequently and maintain a healthy weight. This will also reduce risks while improving your overall health.
Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer
During the early stages of pancreatic cancer, most people have no signs or symptoms. But, when symptoms of pancreatic cancer do occur, these are the most common ones:
– Yellowing of the skin and eyes. Usually one of the first symptoms of the disease.
- Dark Urine
– One of the first signs of jaundice, caused by pancreatic cancer. Usually a brownish color.
- Greasy or Light-Colored Stools
– Bilirubin is the yellowish-orange pigment in the liver which gives stools a brownish color. If stools are gray or pale, the bile duct is blocked. Stools may appear greasy while floating if the pancreatic enzymes and bile can’t pass through intestines to break fats down.
- Itchy Skin
– If bilirubin starts to build up within the skin, it can begin turning yellow and itching
Other symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:
- Loss of Appetite
- Unexplained Weight Loss
- Pain in back and middle or upper abdomen
Current Treatments for Pancreatic Cancer
There are various medical treatments for pancreatic cancer. Your doctor will help you decide the treatment that’s best for you, based on the stage of cancer and various other factors. Some of the most common treatment options for cancer of the pancreas include:
– Uses high-energy waves or particles to damage or destroy cancer cells
– Surgeries are often performed to physically remove the cancer from the body
- Embolization and Ablation Treatments
– Used to treat cancers of the liver or cancers that have spread to the liver
- Chemotherapy & Other Cancer-Fighting Drugs
– Treatment of cancer using chemical substances, such as cytotoxic
All the treatments above come with severe side effects. Four of the most common side effects include:
- Hair loss
CBD and Pancreatic Cancer
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been very effective for fighting breast cancer, according to research. Early studies show that medical cannabis enriched with THC effectively reduced the cancerous tumors. Researchers now believe medical marijuana to be as effective for fighting cancer cells as Lapatinib, a popular chemotherapy drug.
CBD is an active ingredient in medical marijuana. It helps with pain management, a major issue for cancer patients and those going through various cancer treatments. Cannabidiol also helps relieve the stress, depression, and anxiety of having cancer and going through painful treatments for pancreatic cancer.
Medical Research on Medical Marijuana Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is becoming more and more common. Only about 23 percent of those diagnosed live more than a year of diagnosis. That’s why researchers are scrambling to develop effective cures and more reliable treatment methods.
Zelda Therapeutics is teaming up with Curtin University and its Professor Marco Falasca. They’re collaborating to do more extensive research on pancreatic cancer and medical marijuana.
Zelda Therapeutics is a Perth-based company which specializes in biopharmaceuticals. The company imports medical marijuana into Australia from Canada. This is ground-breaking for the medical cannabis industry.
Research shows that the cannabinoid extracts from the whole marijuana plan can help hinder the growth of cancer. These extracts may also weaken the tumor, making it more responsible to chemotherapy drugs.
Medical marijuana and cannabis products are prescribed to cancer patients who suffer from nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. The THC helps with loss of appetite, often experienced after chemo and radiation treatments, and subsides nausea and vomiting. CBD provides patients a way to manage stress, anxiety, and depression, which often accompanies having cancer.
Other research was conducted on living animals (mice) with induced tumor growth. The tumors were treated in one of three ways:
- The synthetic cannabinoid JWH
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
- A placebo
In the mice that received cannabinoid treatments, cancerous growth was inhibited. The spread of the cancer was prevented, and cancer cell apoptosis (death of cells) was induced in the live animal models.
Medical Research on CBD and Pancreatic Cancer
In 2006, Complutense University in Spain took part in medical research on pancreatic cancer and CBD. The team of researchers published a study in the Cancer Research journal. It shows that cannabinoids may be effective in the treatment of pancreatic adenocarcinoma, an extremely aggressive form of cancer.
They wanted to determine whether or not cannabis can effectively inhibit the growth of tumors, and help improve the overall prognosis of the disease. A cell culture experiment was used. Scientists found that an increased amount of CBD receptors are expressed by pancreas cancer cells. Cannabinoids appeared to induce the apoptosis (death) of cancer cells.
CBD vs. THC
THC is the active compound in marijuana that causes the psychedelic high. It also helps with nausea and vomiting caused by various cancer treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy. Cancer patients suffering from loss of appetite can experience improvement for healthier living.
CBD counters the psychedelic effects caused by THC, without taking away from its medical benefits. This active ingredient of cannabis helps cancer patients manage pain better. It also helps to relieve nervousness, depression, and anxiety often suffered by worried patients.
Medical marijuana generally contains both THC and CBD. However, you can use CBD alone in the form of CBD oil for treating various symptoms caused by cancer treatments, without actually getting high.
How to Take Medical Marijuana for Pancreatic Cancer
You can take medical marijuana that’s high in CBD, THC or both. And, there are various ways to get relief from pain and side effects caused by pancreatic cancer, radiation, chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.
The most popular way is to smoke marijuana or vaporize it. This involves heating the cannabis plant rapidly at high heat, which is known to give the quickest relief. Smoke from the process is inhaled into the lungs, along with THC and CBD.
Other ways to take medical marijuana include edible products (edibles), cannabis pills, transdermal or tincture applications and the use of marijuana oil.
CBD Oil for Pancreatic Cancer
Scientific studies indicate that CBD, THC and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids in marijuana may kill cancer cells. Even the natural endocannabinoids produced within your body helps kill cancer cells. Study participants with the strongest endocannabinoid systems had the highest cancer survival rates.
Cannabis oil is a steam distillation extract from the upper leaves and flowers of the marijuana plant. The concentration of CBD contained in the oil varies from brand to brand, product to product. CBD oil can be placed on weed and smoked together as a rolled cigarette or in a hash pipe. Users also place hemp oil in vaporizers and inhale it or dab it (very controversial).
Growing Your Own Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
Looking for good reasons to grow your own medical marijuana to help you treat pancreatic cancer and the side effects of other cancer treatments. It takes the right amount of THC to effectively combat the pain, nausea, and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments used to fight cancer.
You also need the right amount of CBD to control the emotions surrounding having cancer, including depression, nervousness, and anxiety. Growing your own cannabis gives you complete control over the strain of marijuana you grow, and how much THC and CBD it contains.
Medical cannabis strains that are high in THC are most effective for treating nausea and vomiting. Try growing some THC-heavy strains such as Afghan Kush, Trainwreck and Green Crack to improve appetite and reduce pain.
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