While there may be some potential benefits of the phytocannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) use in cancer patients to help with chemotherapy/treatment side-effects and pain relief, there is not much scientific evidence to support anti-cancer effects of CBD use. Hence, cancer patients should be extremely careful with the use of CBD and always consult a health professional before any attempted usage.
Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. As more and more states in the US are beginning to legalize both the recreational and medical usage of marijuana, it is engaging the curiosity of researchers in studying the potential effects of phytocannabinoid CBD(cannabidiol) in cancer treatment.
CBD (Cannabidiol) and Cancer
Medical marijuana is known to help treat people with epilepsy and for general pain relief, but could it also supplement chemotherapy drugs in reducing their side effects and optimizing their toxicity?While interest in this field is growing, the answer as of now for current cancer patients is negative.
While CBD may potentially have some very beneficial results when it comes to cancer, there has not been enough research done in this area to get a definite or positive answer. There are many companies that sell CBD and CBD oils online by marketing that it could help fight cancer. These are false and unsubstantiated claims,which is why none of these drugs are FDA approved. That being said, these natural supplements might have some real potential in the near future.
Marijuana consists of the phytocannabinoids THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol) which is what gives the ‘high’ feeling and CBD (cannabidiol) which is able to counteract that effect. THC and CBD are both derived from cannabis plants, with the psychoactive THC being higher in marijuana plants while the non-psychoactive CBD being higher in hemp plants. The reason why phytocannabinoid CBD has gained such popularity is because it is well tolerated in large doses without the euphoric side-effects. In terms of cancer, while it may not have the ability to show a direct effect of anti-cancer properties, people can use CBD oils to induce their appetites and to help with pain relief when the pain from the chemo medication gets so bad that even opioids are rendered ineffective. This is because CBD is able to directly modulate the body’s endocannabinoid system which reduces pain by reducing inflammation. In addition to this, it is known to help reduce the feeling of nausea and vomiting which are common side effects for patients undergoing chemotherapy.
The bottom line of all of this is that it must be taken with a grain of salt.
Can Phytocannabinoids/CBD be used for Cancer Treatment?
Marijuana is still classified as an extremely harmful and restricted drug by the US government and because of this and the ban of marijuana usage in a large number of states, there have not been any proper scientific or clinical trials to really test out the benefits or shortfalls of phytocannabinoids CBD or THC when it comes to supplementing cancer medication. In addition to this, while there doesn’t seem to be any major side effects for people intaking CBD through different methods, it is possible for CBD to cause fatigue, diarrhea, or even directly interfere with different types of drugs such as antidepressants or chemo which can cause severe damage to one’s liver. Hence, cancer patients should be extremely careful with the use of CBD and always consult a health professional before any attempted usage.
Cancer patients often have to deal with different chemotherapy side effects which affect their quality of life and look out for alternative therapies for cancer. Taking the right nutrition and supplements based on scientific considerations (avoiding guesswork and random selection) is the best natural remedy for cancer and treatment related side-effects.