Doctors and physicians are continually asking what the evidence is regarding cancer and cannabis oil. Most scientific data comes from laboratory tests done on mice or in petri dishes. More studies need to be done on cancer patients themselves. But cancer patients are telling their own stories about how cannabis oil has helped them with their cancer and this is evidence of a different kind. Anecdotal evidence needs to be clarified to encourage other cancer patients to try cannabis oil for their cancer. Many governments and health departments are now recognising that cannabis oil does treat pain, inflammation, poor appetite, nausea and vomiting, insomnia and anxiety – all symptoms of cancer.
They all agree that cannabis oil is a natural drug with none of the side effects that prescribed pharmaceuticals have. Hundreds of cannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant are extracted to treat all kinds of mental and physical conditions. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most commonly and safely used cannabinoid which brings relief to patients without any side effects. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another prevalent cannabinoid known for its incredible healing powers but THC does cause a high as it is psychoactive. Many scientists are recommending that medical cannabis containing both THC and CBD (where the CBD is in a higher ratio to the THC) can cure cancer symptoms. CBD mitigates the psychotic qualities of the THC as it is naturally antipsychoactive.
THC has been found to have anti-cancer qualities and even forced cancer cells in a patient’s brain to die – this is known as autophagy when cancer cells eat themselves in a type of suicide bid. The cannabinoids cling to certain cell receptors in the area of the body that is infected with cancer and cause cancer tumours to get smaller and sometimes to disappear altogether. There is presently a lot of interest being shown by medical professionals when it comes to answering that question: what is the evidence regarding cancer and cannabis oil?
Medical cannabis is available in many countries but outlawed in others. Some doctors prescribe cannabis oil to treat chronic pain, muscle aches, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, inflammation and cancer. When someone gets cancer, their cells have started to multiply and divide randomly and without stopping. This is abnormal and healthy cells usually die and then are cleared away by the healthy immune system. Cancer cells can even avoid macrophages which are there to eat or destroy abnormal cells.
Cannabis oil can reduce the symptoms of cancer in several ways. A huge plus for cancer patients is that cannabinoids do decrease the terrible side effects of chemotherapy including nausea and vomiting, anxiety, lack of appetite, insomnia and pain and inflammation. Already, cancer patients will enjoy a better quality of life as they feel better to take on the cancer while the cannabinoids get to work.
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