Study Suggests CBD Stops Metastasis In Breast Cancer Patients
To date, more than 100 types of cancer have been described, and their treatment depends on the type of cancer in question. Among the most common treatments, we have surgical procedures which consist of removing the tumors through surgery, chemotherapy that attacks the tumor cells with drugs and the radiotherapy that consists of eliminating the cancer cells by means of radiation.
A recent study turned heads toward a more natural way to stop metastasis in breast cancer – scientists found that CBD, also known as cannabidiol, found in cannabis or hemp plant can give hope to breast cancer patients.
In recent years, many expectations have been created around the Cannabinoids as a cancer treatment option. Although scientific research on CBD’s potential to treat cancer was very promising, these were laboratory investigations with animals or cell lines.
To date, it is not advisable to abandon conventional treatments to start one with Cannabinoids – the responsible use of the latter suggests relying on Cannabinoids to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, vomiting and pain.
In 2004, the work team of the Department of Physiology of Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada conducted a study in which they compared the effectiveness of THC, CBD and "Ondansetron", to avoid nausea and vomiting caused by "Cisplatin" one of the most used drugs in chemotherapy, which in turn is the one that causes this most unwanted effect.
Among their results they concluded that Ondansetron alone does not work in low doses, that in intermediate doses it decreases nausea and vomiting without disappearing them and that in high doses the problem returns.
This study also proved that CBD Oil in low doses is a potent inhibitor of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and that, like Ondansetron, intensified vomiting when using high doses, when this experiment was performed, we knew for sure why CBD has antiemetic properties.
CBD oil, containing cannabidiol (CBD), is an aid against the adverse effects of chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer.
"There are people who generally have nausea, vomiting, headaches, and a series of conditions – we have seen that if, in addition to their treatment, they are taking cannabidiol, the treatment process becomes much simpler," said the specialist.
On the occasion of World Breast Cancer Day, the doctor said that the oil can help in preventing people from abandoning the aggressive treatment of chemotherapy.
"Although chemotherapy treatments have greatly improved, there are still many side effects," he said, later appealing to "promote treatment adherence."
The doctor considered it important to clarify that CBD has no psychotropic effects, with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) being the other cannabinoid present in the plant which, in this case, does house these properties.
The other use of the oil is to make the last stages of the disease more bearable, when it has already metastasized and overcoming it is impossible.
In these cases, cannabidiol turns out to be an important analgesic due to its relaxing effects.
If we could not do more for the patients, at least we can give them quality of life at the end of their days," said the doctor, known for treating a girl who suffers from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS).
Also, early detection and self-exploration are important as the main measures to stop breast cancer.
According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the one that causes the most deaths in the world, and it mainly affects women between 45 and 65 years. However, it has begun to be detected in people between the ages of 20 and 25 years.
The disease is suffered by 3 out of 10 people in the world and it is estimated that 1 in 8 women will develop the disease during their lifetime.