CBD vs THC… One-Two Punch in the Battle with Cancer
CBD’s One-Two Punch
CBD VS THC ? CBD has two beneficial therapeutic properties (among many others) which make it an outstanding weapon in the fight against cancer. Many of us are already familiar with CBD’s pain-killing reputation, and its beneficial uses in anti-anxiety and antidepressant therapy. But when it comes to battling cancer cells, CBD can deliver a real one-two punch beyond its pain killing ability.
CBD is Antiemetic
Antiemetic is the medical term for anti-nausea. Marijuana has long been known for its antiemetic benefits, and over the years has gained gradual acceptance as a treatment for the side effects caused by aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. CBD is the cannabinoid in marijuana and hemp which suppresses nausea and stimulates appetite. A regimen of CBD during chemotherapy or radiotherapy (radiation treatments) can help a patient endure these aggressive treatments without the drastic weight loss caused by nausea and loss of appetite.
This type of CBD treatment is the traditional “palliative” care, which is the medical term for treating and relieving symptoms without fighting the underlying cause, which is the disease itself. CBD has only been recommended for relief of the side effects of the more aggressive treatments. In the case of cancer, medical marijuana has long been prescribed for this purpose, but its use is restricted by the undesirable psychoactive effects produced by the cannabinoid THC. A regimen of CBD alone, such as CBD oil, provides all the benefits without the psychoactive side effects which come with the THC component in medical marijuana. In the fight against cancer, CBD will go well beyond the mere treatment of nausea, as we shall see.
CBD is Antiproliferative
Both cannabinoids, THC and CBD, have been shown to act against cancer cell reproduction, which is known as their antiproliferative properties. Because THC produces such undesired psychoactive reactions research has been consistently steered toward the non-toxic CBD. CBD has almost no psychotropic activity, yet still has proven itself as a very effective inhibitor of cancer cell migration, adhesion, and invasion. Full technical details are available in this report by the British Pharmacological Society.
CBD and Breast Cancer
Singer Olivia Newton John is using CBD oil as a vital part of her battle against the second round of breast cancer, according to her daughter Chloe Lattanzi in an interview with People. A scheduled concert tour was canceled due to lower back pain, which was eventually diagnosed as metastasized breast cancer.
Newton John fought her first round with breast cancer in 1992. The singer will be combining CBD oil as a natural remedy in combination with proton treatments, which is a targeted radiation therapy. Recent research explains why Olivia and her daughter can be realistically hopeful about her full recovery from this second bout with the deadly disease.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Because of this drastic statistic, much of CBD research has focused on its use against breast cancer. Initial findings are very encouraging.
The problems encountered with traditional treatments include high toxicity of the drugs used in aggressive chemotherapy and acquired resistance of the cancer cells to those drugs. In the words of one researcher “A novel approach is needed.”
The Novel Approach Pays Off
The American Association for Cancer Research began research into CBD as an alternative to toxic treatments for breast cancer specifically and published their results in 2011. At that time CBD had already been proven as an active inhibitor of tumor cells in other types of cancer. The study concluded that CBD actually mediates two cellular processes known as autophagy and apoptosis. The lay term for these is “self-eating and self-killing”. The study showed that CBD actually induced cell death by coordinating “cross-talk” between the two processes, in effect programming breast cancer cells to self-destruct. Full details of the study results are reported at the AACR site here.
CBD definitely provides the one-two punch in the fight against breast cancer.