Another cannabinoid is CBD, which could be a potential nontoxic, tumor-fighting miracle for breast cancer patients.
Recently, we can find CBD in just about everything such as our specialty coffee, skin lotions and chocolates but recent discoveries might make it more popular in our hospitals too, as a natural preventative treatment for fighting breast cancer. Besides preventing metastatic breast cancer, research is proving that CBD can relieve certain side effects associated with chemotherapy.
CBD is a compound found in cannabis and hemp that has been separated from the tetrahydrocannabinol psychoactive compounds. Legalized CBD has been found to contain less than 0.3% THC. Medical marijuana has been used for years for treating cancer patients, which contained both CBD and THC. But it is only legal in 33 states for cancer patients and 23 states for patients for Crohn’s disease.
But, currently the FDA has just approved two drugs based on CBD to treat nausea and vomiting caused from chemotherapy for cancer patients. Marijuana and oncology seem to have a positive future together, but some patients prefer to use CDD because it does not have the psychoactive side effects.
Recent research with metastatic breast cancer showed that CBD could reduce the size of the cancer cell proliferation. It is considered to help ease neuropathic pain, vomiting, and is believed to have inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. But it isn’t considered to be an effective alternative to chemotherapy at the moment. Future research will study how CBD affects chemotherapy treatments.
Canada and Europe have already approved several types of cannabinoid drugs that contain CBD and THC, all of which are proving positive in treating and preventing different types of cancer such as breast and prostate. But at the moment, the FDA does still not approve these treatments in the United States, as they say they require more research.
Recent studies show that CBD can slow the growth of tumors or the chance of regrowth in certain types of breast cancer. Besides reducing chemotherapy side effects such as vomiting, depression and nausea, it also has the ability to increase the potency of certain types of cancer medications. Experts still recognize the need for further studies on this miracle drug and how it might affect the human body.
However, the American Cancer Society warns cancer patients that cannabis should not be used solely to treat any form of cancer, as more studies need to be performed. They urge that the decision to use marijuana or CBD to treat chemotherapy side effects is a very personal one and should only be taken under the advice of their doctor. Plus, depending on your location, there might be regulations or restrictions that apply.
Studies however have shown that CBD when combined with certain medications can cause a negative reaction. Many patients prefer using CBD because it is non-psychoactive and others prefer using medical marijuana for that very reason. Whatever your choice is, make sure that you check with your doctor about any side effects, benefits and whether it is legal in your state or not.