CBD and Cancer: Things You Should Know
Cannabidiol or commonly known as CBD is among 100s of components found in the cannabis plant. CBD is mostly taken from the hemp plant to access high amounts of CBD and to avoid the unnecessary THC. CBD and THC have very therapeutic benefits, but CBD does not have any psychoactive effects so it will not cause you to feel high.
Today CBD can be found as tinctures like Mellow CBD Oil made from CBD Isolate or Mellow Full Spectrum CBD Oil that includes high amounts of CBD along with THC and other cannabinoids, vapes, edibles, tea or topicals like vanilla scented Mellow CBD Soothing Balm.
We know difficult and challenging it is for patients and families dealing cancer. Cancer is complicated and we want you to know that we are on your side and we wish you all the best of health and well being.
Here's what you need to know about CBD and cancer:
There are a lot of people claiming that CBD can cure cancer on the internet. How true is that?
As of right now there is no, but in a scientific review from 2019 had pointed out that there have been some studies on CBD as treatment for cancer. It pointed out that extracts from CBD may help to reduce viability and prevent cancer from cells from multiplying, but it's still in the early stages and cannot be out to account. Most of the studies have been conducted in laboratory and on animals. More research and tests on humans are needed to understand the full potential of CBD with cancer.
Now, we are going to share on some facts from research that have been done on CBD's effects on certain type of cancer.
According to a paper published in 2020 of a studies done with human and test tubes stated that:
● CBD can stop cancer cells from multiplying in breast cancer
● It can prevent migration and metastasis of cancer cells in aggressive breast cancer
According a study in 2019:
● CBD and cannabinoids may slow tumor growth, reduce chances of tumor invasion and induce death in tumor cells
A review in 2020 reads that some research found CBD reduced the invasion of A549 cells in test tube studies by 29–63%. But there has not been any clinical trial published on treatment with CBD on patients with lung cancer.
A study in 2019 reported that CBD may encourage cell death and make glioblastoma cells more sensitive to radiation. In 2020 researchers have commented that cannabinoids can reduce tumor growth in glioma cancer and other cancer cases in test tube experiments.
Can CBD alleviate side effects from cancer treatment?
Treatment from cancer like chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be effective on treating cancer, but they come with a lot of side effects. Researchers believe that CBD can help reduce side effects such as:
Nausea: there are cannabinoids containing medication that has been approved by the FDA to treat nausea in cancer treatment. CBD products like CBD oil may help treat nausea, vomiting and other digestive complications too.
Pain: a study in 2017 staded that there is enough evidence to show that CBD can help reduce chronic pain significantly that is part of cancer treatment.
Sleep: the National Cancer Institute stated that around half of all patients with cancer experience sleep disorder during treatment. CBD can reduce anxiety and stress which allows the brain to feel more calm and able to induce sleep.
Appetite: CBD is use to help increase appetite for patients going through cancer treatment. A lot of people find it hard to eat or loss appetite from chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
What to look out for when buying your next CBD product?
● Should not contain more than 0.3% THC.
● Should be tested for pesticides, heavy metals and microbial.
● Should be tested from a reputable third party lab.
● Check for the right CBD potency for you. Check whether that product is made from CBD isolate (pure CBD) or Full Spectrum (includes CBD, THC and other cannabinoids) or Broad Spectrum (similar to Full Spectrum but without THC).
● Always ask for lab test results and Certificate of Analysis (COA).