CBD Oil: A Revolutionary New Cancer Treatment
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most stressful events of one’s life. Cancer is the number 1 cause of death worldwide. All forms of cancer combined account for about 9 million deaths annually. The standard treatments, particularly chemotherapy, leave the patient feeling worse than before the treatment began. Fortunately there is a radical new approach for treating cancer that has been growing in popularity, and achieving startling results: CBD oil.
CBD oil, or Cannabidiol, is a derivative of the cannabis plant. It is one of among the 60 cannabinoids that have been identified within the plant, which includes the much more well-known THC oil. It accounts for nearly 40% of the extracts from the plant, but unlike its more famous counterpart, it is non-psychotropic.
CBD oil has grown in popularity due to its ability to provide relief for a variety of conditions, especially cognitive problems. More recently, word has been spreading about its effectiveness as an alternative cancer treatment, and several studies have been completed that support the anecdotal claims that have been made about it.
It is now known that CBD oil has the ability to trigger the death of cancer cells through apoptosis mechanism, while leaving healthy cells untouched. It also prevents the cells from dividing, which is necessary for the cancer to spread. It prevents the formation of new blood vessels, thereby depriving the cancer cells of the ability to grow into tumors. It reduced the ability of the cancer to spread throughout the body. And it speeds up autophagy, the cell’s internal waste disposal system, which is believed to increase the dying of cells. All of these positive cancer-treating effects are thought to be caused by the blockage of CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body.
In addition to all of these positive effects, two obvious advantages of using CBD oil have emerged, particularly when it is used following chemotherapy treatments. Chemotherapy patients tend to lose a lot of weight as a result of their treatments, which frequently lead to difficulty with eating. CBD oil provides the needed boost to the patient’s appetite, helping the patient to regain the ability to ingest all the nutrients that the body needs. The other advantage is that CBD oil has the ability to reduce the chronic pain that many cancer patients suffer from.
Recognizing the efficacy of CBD oil, pharmaceutical companies have begun to devise a synthetic form of the oil called dronabinol. It has received FDA approval, and is prescribed to cancer patients to treat the nausea and vomiting that other cancer medications cause. The concern for some is that these synthetics do not appear to be as effective as CBD oil, which leads to the question of why it needs to be synthesized in the first place.
The evidence supports CBD oil as a viable alternative to conventional cancer treatments. It has the ability to attack the cancer itself, and also that of providing relief of the symptoms that the cancer patient suffers from. More studies are needed, but it is a near certainty that as they are completed, CBD oil will come to be accepted by even mainstream medical professionals, who won’t be able to deny the impact it has on their patients.