CBD Oil: Ability to Fight or Prevent Cancer
Marijuana may be used to treat a variety of painful conditions, including cancer. Cannabidiol (CBD), one of almost 200 cannabinoids found in marijuana, may be an effective treatment for cancer. Unlike delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive. CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), a vital, complex cell-signaling system which is responsible for maintaining bodily homeostasis.
Nausea is a common symptom of advanced cancer, which is often related with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. However, side effects of such treatments include anemia, peripheral neuropathy, fertility problems, and diarrhea. Antiemetics, such as cholinergic receptor blockers or serotonin receptor blockers, may also be used to treat nausea, however side effects include drowsiness, constipation, dizziness, and headaches. Studies have shown that patients using medical marijuana to treat chronic nausea endured similar or less severe side effects as those of antiemetics. Medical Marijuana may be used to reduce chronic nausea, even in patients who have a history of antiemetic-resistance. The precise antiemetic mechanism of cannabinoids is unknown nevertheless CBD produces strong anti-nausea effects in animals through the body’s auto receptors. The antiemetic effect of CBD has been tested across a wide variety of animals. Further research is required to determine the clinical efficacy of CBD alone for nausea.
Marijuana has helped relieve the painful symptoms of cancer. Researchers have found that regulating the inflammatory response may treat neuropathic pain. The analgesic properties of marijuana are promising for the fight against cancer. CBD has also shown to reduce pain by interacting with specific receptors in the ECS to increase anandamide, an endocannabinoid involved in reducing the sensation of pain.
Chronic inflammation over a lengthy period of time may cause DNA damage, thus leading to cancer. For example, patients with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases are at a greater risk of developing colon cancer. Cancer can also cause inflammation, and that inflammation can lead to cancer growth throughout the body. Studies have shown that CBD can relieve inflammation. Preclinical studies of inflammatory disorders have shown a significant improvement through the upregulation of cannabinoid receptor activity or through an increased production of endocannabinoids.
A cancer diagnosis may affect the mental health of patients. Common feelings include depression, anxiety, and distress. In rare cases, anxiety and depression can be an early symptom of a brain tumour. One study published in the British Medical Journal found a potential link between mental distress and cancer mortality. The role of psychological distress in the development of cancer was studied through a meta-analysis of data from 16 prospective cohort studies. However, this study does not conclude that mental distress is a direct cause of cancer. As low serotonin levels are expected to be linked to depression, experts believe that CBD may affect how the chemical receptors in the brain respond to serotonin. An animal study found that CBD produced both anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects through interaction with chemical receptors in the brain. Additionally, a small study demonstrated that CBD may alter the blood flow to regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety, thus revealing its potential to reduce symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
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