Cannabidiol or CBD is continuously gaining popularity in the field of medicine because of its wide range of benefits that aims to bring balance in our body system. The use if CBD effectively takes place the use of some pharmaceutical drug because it can also treat different illnesses from mild-severe cases such as cancer. CBD may not be able to directly cure cancer but it helps treat the different symptoms you experience because of cancer
Uses of CBD in Cancer Patients
- Stimulates appetite
One of the most common side effects of having cancer is loss of appetite. Cannabis strains with high levels of CBD and THC provide a munchie effect that tends to stimulate appetite because it will let you eat even if it is not on your usual time of eating.
The way how cancer is treated such as chemotherapy causes pain because of inflammation, nerve injury or pressure in the internal organs. The pain that you experience that is related to cancer is usually severe that even the help from the powerful pain reliever is useless making the body resistant to it. CBD also contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties to reduce pain, especially after chemotherapy.
Cancer patients experience nausea and vomiting after every chemotherapy. The use of CBD is important in treating nausea because it has anti-nausea effects. The anti-nausea effects can be felt efficiently when the strain used is rich in CBD and THC as well.
It reduces trauma
Patients who have cancer not only deal with the pain that they experience but they also have to deal with the trauma caused by these unsatisfactory feelings.
How CBD Fights Cancer
- CBD as an Anti-proliferative
CBD has the ability to stop the cancer cells from reproducing. There are different theories that prove that CBD slows down tumor growth.
- CBD as Anti-angiogenic
The formation of blood vessels that can supply oxygen and nutrients to help keep the tumor survive is called the angiogenesis. In treating cancer, this is one of the most targeted processes in cancer therapy. CBD binds well with angiogenesis inhibitors that starve tumors so that it can no longer regenerate.
CBD as Anti-Metastatic
Metastatic occurs when the cancer cells have spread out throughout the different parts of the body. This happens when the cancer cells broke down and enter the lymphatic system. When metastatic occurs, it means that cancer is in an advanced stage or stage 4. CBD prevents these cancer cells from spreading through its anti-tumor effects.
CBD as Apoptopic
Apoptosis or cell death usually occurs when the cancer cell is exposed to certain stimuli. When the cancer patient consumed CBD, it may help kill the unhealthy cells s that it can no longer harm healthy cells.
How Patients Should Consume CBD
Seeking help from a medical practitioner who is knowledgeable about the use of cannabis in treating cancer may give you the best results. Each patient that has different kinds of cancer may take differently when exposed to CBD that is why it is important to consult your doctor so that they could give you the proper dosage.
In treating tumor growth and proliferation, doctors would usually use CBD along with pharmaceutical drugs so that the effects can be enhanced. It is important to start low and go slow to for you to be familiarized with the possible side effects that you could experience. It is advisable to start with 5-10 mg per day until you gradually increase the dosage as you begin to feel the effects on your body.
Cannabis Strain For Cancer Relief
- ACDC Cannabis Strain
This is a hybrid strain that got its genetics from Cannatonic strain which is considered as one of the strains that contain a high level of CBD that is why this strain has an incredible amount of CBD that ranges between 15-25%. It can help cancer patients to relieve pain from its negative side effects.
Grand Daddy Purple Cannabis Strain
This strain brings a relaxing and calming effect that will take you to sleep after having a munchie feeling. This strain is great for cancer patients who lack appetite and for those patients who lose weight. This is an Indica strain from its parents Big Bud and Purple Urkle.
Northern Lights Cannabis Strain
This is an Indica dominant strain that got its genetics from its parents Afghani and Thai. This strain is helpful for cancer patients even though it has a relatively high amount of THC which is at 16-21% than CBD because of its nausea relief after the chemotherapy or radiation treatment. This strain also helps the patient have a calming feeling after the side effects of cancer treatment.
Chocolope Cannabis Strain
This strain came from the combination of Canalope Haze and Chocolate Thai which is both Sativa strain. It has the capabilities to awaken even those who are experiencing extreme fatigue. The contribution of this strain in helping cancer patients is to take away the fatigue feeling that those cancer patients are feeling to feel energized and comfortable.
Charlottes Web Cannabis Strain
This strain has a relatively high CBD content at 20% that gained its popularity in the medicinal field. It has the ability to treat all types of chronic pain associated with pain and inflammation. When cancer patients use this strain, they will not only find relief from the pain that they are experiencing but they will also feel calmness and serenity.
Even though there are already evidences about the positive effects of CBD for cancer patients, there are still ongoing studies to ensure the adequacy of information in treating the most serious illness in the world which is cancer.