Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, which is a naturally occurring non-psychoactive chemical found in the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, it does not create the feeling of being “high.” Rather, CBD oil is a kind of medical cannabis can be used as an effective treatment for a variety of painful symptoms and chronic disorders.
CBD has been shown to help stabilize people who suffer from anxiety, and it helps to reduce seizures for people with epilepsy. It can also help with some neurodegenerative disorders (diseases that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate over time), and the list goes on. In fact, studies are also starting to show us the different benefits medical cannabis can have for patients who are battling cancer.
Studies Show Effectiveness for Treating Cancer Symptoms and Side Effects
Recent studies have shown that using CBD along with other cannabinoids such as THC slows the growth, or even kills certain kinds of cancer cells that researchers had growing in a science lab. Studies of animals with cancerous cells also suggest that certain properties of medical marijuana could slow the growth of cancer cells and keep it from spreading quickly.
The National Cancer Institute states that cannabinoids such as CBD and THC are useful in treating the side effects of cancer, and can ease the pain of some common cancer treatments like chemotherapy. They also state that the effects of medical cannabis could include anti-inflammatory activity, blocking cell growth, preventing the growth of blood vessels that supply tumors, and aiding in antiviral activity.
There have also been some early clinical trials of cannabinoids in treating cancer in humans — and future studies about the potential of medical marijuana as a cancer treatment have been planned. While the studies so far have shown that medical cannabis can be safe in treating cancer symptoms, they do not show that they help control or cure the disease.
While forms of medical marijuana like CBD oil and topicals don’t treat cancer itself, what’s most promising about cannabinoids is that they have the ability to moderate inflammation and alter how cells in the body reproduce. In fact, medical cannabis can reduce the ability of certain types of tumor cells to multiply and grow. Something else that’s really interesting about using cannabinoids for cancer patients is that they will target the cancer cells and remain harmless to the healthy cells.
Different Methods for Taking CBD Oil
Cancer patients can take CBD oil in a variety of ways in order to feel the benefits of CBD. Most commonly ingested orally in the form of a paste or drop, the CBD oil should be held under the tongue first so that it’s properly absorbed in the mouth before it’s swallowed. If this step is skipped, some of the CBD will get broken down by the digestive system, reducing its effectiveness.
Some people prefer using a CBD vaporizer or inhaler because it delivers the CBD into the system very effectively. Other ways to take CBD oil include capsules, mouth strips, and edibles like gummies or chocolates. If it’s hard for the patient to ingest the CBD oil, another option is to apply it topically using a lotion, cream, balm, or patch. It all depends on what the patient can handle, and the way in which the CBD treatment is most effective for them.
If you have any questions about using CBD or want to help a family member or friend get started, contact Medical Cannabis Outreach today to learn about the services we provide, or visit one of our locations in Savoy, Pekin, Clinton, Harrisburg, Shelbyville, Wood River, Lincolnwood, and Wicker Park, IL. We would be happy to learn more about your condition and recommend a treatment plan that works best for you!