The human body is an incredible world made up of trillions of cells. While those cells are the essential building blocks of everything our bodies are, sometimes, some of the cells in the body are not so distinct or functional. These abnormal cells can mutate, grow, divide, and essentially try to take over. Tumors can be formed, bodily systems can be affected, and you could get a diagnosis that can come as a shock even though the condition is common.
Cancer. The word has scary connotations. With 39.5 percent of the population that will be diagnosed with some type of cancer in their lifetime, the fear is warranted. So, naturally, when a proposed solution comes along that could help, people get excited about the new possibilities.
Recently, the cannabis-derived compound, Cannabidiol (CBD), has gained a lot of attention by scientists and the public alike for this very reason.
Due to its unique properties, scientists are currently looking into how CBD could help manage the symptoms of cancer as well as the side effects of cancer treatment. While there is still much more research that needs to be done, the findings revealed by current studies are considered to be “promising.”
In this article, we’re going to explore these insights, but before we do that, it’s important to clarify that this article is intended solely to provide information regarding CBD and cancer research.
While the idea of a natural way to combat cancer is certainly intriguing, it’s important to not get mesmerized by the hype as there is much more research that is needed in order to determine the efficacy of CBD for cancer or any cancer-related symptoms.
At fabuleaf, we are strong believers in the wonders of hemp; however, we are not advocating CBD as a treatment for cancer or any cancer-related smyptoms nor are we suggesting that any person should use CBD for cancer or any cancer-related symptoms. The efficacy of CBD as a treatment for any health condition has been not been validated by the FDA. The author of this article is not a certified health professional or expert. Before using CBD or any cannabinoid-based product, you are strongly advised to consult with your doctor or certified health professional.
fabuleaf™ products have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
CBD Cancer Research: A Look at the Current Studies
CBD for cancer has been a growing area of research for quite a few years. However, since legal restrictions on cannabis and all of its components have only recently been loosened, much of the research is just getting started. So far, the bulk of studies that have come to fruition have involved examining CBD’s effect on rodents with cancer or certain types of human cancerous cells in a test tube.
The primary things scientists are looking to determine about CBD and cancer are whether CBD can deter or stop cancer cell growth and if CBD can help with symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatment for cancer. Here, we will look at some of the earliest studies on CBD and how it may affect certain types of cancer in animal and test-tube studies.
CBD and Skin Cancer Cells
Individuals with skin inflammation issues may be at risk for skin cancer. CBD has been examined for its anti-inflammatory properties for numerous conditions. Further, quite a few studies have looked at how CBD affects skin cancer cells in both animal and test-tube studies. Co-treatment with CBD and THC combined on melanoma cells showed cytotoxic effects in one study and reduced cell proliferation in other studies.
CBD and the Proliferation of Colon Cancer Cells
In an experimental research of colon cancer cells in vivo, CBD has been shown to slow cell proliferation without causing damage to the surrounding healthy cells. The mechanisms for why the proliferation is deterred are not yet fully known, but researchers do state that CBD seems to affect the cells through the activation of the endocannabinoid receptors.
CBD and Breast Cancer Cells
Breast cancer cells were shown to experience a reduction in proliferation when exposed to CBD in research published in 2010.
With this new information, the researchers noted that the results of the preclinical study showed that cannabinoid biology in relation to breast cancer metastasis could lead to new treatments that were non-toxic in nature.
CBD and Lung Cancer Cells
In both in vitro and in vivo studies, CBD has been shown to have anti-neoplastic (anti-cancer) effects on lung cancer.
In one self-reported case involving an 81-year-old man with adenocarcinoma of the lung, CBD seemed to resolve the most of a cancerous mass in his lung.
Unfortunately, no formal studies on human patients with lung cancer have been performed.
CBD and Pancreatic Cancer
In vivo studies focused on pancreatic cancer and cannabinoids found that CBD and THC combined may potentially slow the growth of cancerous pancreatic tumors and may induce tumorous cell death. The research notated that the research is promising and cannabinoids may work as an adjunctive treatment for pancreatic cancer, but more research is needed.
Research on CBD as a Cancer Preventative
Once cancer has been diagnosed, treatment is focused on either slowing the spread of cancer cells or eradicating them, which can be a difficult process and is not always effective. Therefore, cancer prevention is much more preferable. The instances of cancer diagnoses are definitely on the rise. Medical professionals state that these high numbers are closely linked to certain lifestyle choices, such as eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco.
Beyond those obvious lifestyle changes, however, individuals should be watching out for certain health problems that can make cancer more probable. While CBD is not established as a cancer-preventative, studies have found that CBD may have an impact on some of the conditions that are frequently linked to cancer such as:
- High Blood Pressure – Hypertension has a positive link to kidney, breast, liver, endometrial, and colorectal cancer. Some studies have found that CBD may help to reduce both blood pressure spikes in response to stress and resting blood pressure.
- High Cholesterol – High cholesterol levels may be a risk factor for cancer development. Some studies have found that CBD exhibited the potential to stabilize cholesterol levels.
- Inflammation – Many cancers actually stem from points in the body where chronic inflammation has occurred. While a unified position has not been established amongst the scientific and medical communities, a growing number of studies have found that cannabinoids like CBD are rich in antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Weight Gain – A higher level of body fat has been shown to increase the risks for several types of cancer. In animal studies, CBD has been shown to boost metabolism, promote healthy fat cells, and reduce food intake.
- Poor Sleep Quality – Sleep deprivation may lead to cellular damage and higher risks of cancer. CBD is believed to promote better sleep by helping individuals both fall asleep and stay asleep.
Research on CBD for Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Thankfully, modern-day medicine has afforded a number of treatment options for various forms of cancer. A patient may need to undergo chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, surgery, and other treatments. Unfortunately, as effective as some treatments may be, cancer treatment can also bring about some undesirable symptoms such as pain and discomfort, decreased appetite, and sleep disturbances.
Can CBD help alleviate these symptoms? While the research is still inconclusive, let’s take a look at the current findings below:
As noted, CBD is believed to help promote better sleep, even for people who may be dealing with pain or stress. Sleep interruptions are common with certain types of cancer treatments. For example, many chemotherapy patients have problems with getting good sleep at night. And, radiotherapy is also known to cause sleep disturbances.
For all individuals, especially those with cancer, sleep is a critical function that helps the body to recover and restore itself.
Pain and Discomfort
Cancer treatment methods such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy can cause a range of painful and discomforting side effects such as but not limited to headaches, muscle aches, and swelling.
Due to its antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD (as well as other cannabinoids like THC) has been examined as a novel pain reliever pain. In animal studies, CBD reduced how much neuropathic pain the animals experienced after chemotherapy.
Lack of Appetite
With most methods of cancer treatment, decreased appetite is a common side effect. Individuals taking chemotherapy drugs may even find that in spite of a mild appetite, issues with nausea can cause even further problems with eating. According to recent findings from Medical News Today, CBD combined with other cannabinoids like THC may help stimulate appetite; however, there is currently no research that indicates CBD alone can have this effect.
Final Thoughts on CBD and Cancer
At fabuleaf, we are strong believers in the wonders of hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD and sincerely hope that CBD can play an important role in the future of cancer treatment; however, much more research is needed in order to properly evaluate cannabinoids as a potential treatment for cancer and any cancer-related symptoms.
We understand that the idea of an all-natural method to combatting cancer is exciting, intriguing, and even promising; however, it’s important to not get mesmerized by hype and to always rely on science-backed research–especially when it comes to cancer.
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The information contained in this article is not intended to serve as a substitute for advice or guidance from a certified doctor or health professional. Before trying Cannabidiol (CBD) or purchasing any CBD product, you should always conduct your own research and consult with your doctor. While Cannabidiol (CBD) is classified as “generally well tolerated with a good safely profile” by the World Health Organization (WHO), more research is needed in order to fully evaluate the safety and effectiveness of CBD on a personalized basis.
fabuleaf™ products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.