Today more and more people are turning to CBD hemp oil as an alternative to medical marijuana. The euphoric effects of marijuana make using it medicinally problematic for many people. After all, people have jobs and busy lives, which makes using medical marijuana problematic. CBD hemp oil helps treat the same conditions as marijuana does without the psychoactive effects that many people would like to avoid.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of the more than 110 cannabinoids found in the cannabis, or hemp, plant. Unlike marijuana, which also comes from hemp, CBD hemp oil is made from plant strains that have a low concentration of THC. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive element in marijuana. In other words, it’s what gets you high. CBD hemp oil has many medicinal uses, but perhaps the most controversial is its use in cancer treatment.
Does CBD Really Help Fight Cancer?
As is usually true, it is not as simple as yes or no. The hinge point here is that the research into cannabis and cancer is still in the early stages. You could say they are in the ‘baby-steps’ stages. There is, however, a lot of research indicating that cannabis and CBD oil could be instrumental in defeating cancer for good.
The National Cancer Institute found that CBD oil will suppress lung cancer cells in laboratory settings. Researchers in 2011 found that when cannabinoids, like those found in CBD hemp oil, are introduced to breast cancer cells, they induced a concentration-dependent cell death of breast cancer cells. Furthermore, CBD had little or no effect on the healthy mammary cells. There is exciting data from other studies as well. However, it is important to remember that nothing has been conclusively proven yet. The research is, fortunately, ongoing.
CBD Is Proven to Help with Side Effects.
CBD hemp oil might not cure it, but it certainly does help alleviate the symptoms cancer and the side effects of mainstream medical treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation are the two most commonly used treatments for cancer. In addition to also killing healthy cells, both treatments come with debilitating side effects such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, anxiety and painful inflammation of muscles and joints. CBD oil is shown to improve appetite, relieve nausea, decrease inflammation, smooth out mood swings and relieve anxiety. In fact, these problems are the main ailments for which medical marijuana and CBD hemp oil are prescribed.
The Science of CBD Hemp Oil and the Debate
The science behind these amazing treatments is complicated. To understand it, one must look at the disease on a molecular level. Dr. Lavine Fortin was part of some of the first studies into cannabinoids and how they interact with the endocannabinoid system. They discovered that CBD and other cannabinoids “act as neuromodulators for a variety of processes including appetite improvement, motor learning, pain relief and other physical processes.” This is how CBD hemp oil affects cancer’s symptoms and side effects.
The evidence of CBD’s use in killing cancer cells is highly scientific and very detailed. When cannabinoids attach to the receptors of a cancer cell, they cause a spike in ceramide synthesis, which kills the cell. Significantly, the same reaction does not occur in healthy cells. Biochemist, Dr. Dennis Hill notes that the key to this treatment involves an accumulation of cannabinoids in the body, so CBD needs to be taken over a significant period of time in order to get results. Dr. Donald Adams, an oncologist and medical cannabis advocate, is quick to point out that the research has, to date, been in laboratory settings and not in the field using human subjects. In order to be conclusive, human testing must take place, but obvious ethical consideration has made creating such tests impossible.
Despite years of research and millions of dollars, cancer remains one of the deadliest killers in America. Nearly every family in the country has felt the cold chill that accompanies the words, said in a hushed voice, “It’s cancer.” Those words signal the start of an ordeal which can last months or years. CDB hemp oil can make that experience a much less agonizing ordeal and could perhaps cure cancer completely. While more research must be done, cancer patients around the world are turning to CDB and medical marijuana for help manage their symptoms. Hopefully, cannabinoid research will give us the key to curing cancer once and for all.
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