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Cancer is perhaps the most well-known ailment in the world, and one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It is also one of the most difficult diseases to treat, in part due to how heterogeneous cancer cells can be, even in a single tumor.
Be far from it being said that we are close to a cancer cure, even with all the promising results CBD oil has shown during research. Currently, CBD is better fitted for helping to control the symptoms that come with cancer rather than being used as a cure.
CBD for managing cancer symptoms
Cancer is typically treated using targeted therapies such as chemotherapy, but new research has emerged and seems to examine the effectiveness of CBD in slowing down or treating cancer.
As it stands, the most important aspects of CBD exist to complement cancer treatment, rather than replace it altogether. A number of limited studies suggest it could be used to slow down or completely stop cancer growth, but that claim still needs a fair amount of research. Instead, CBD oil is used to manage cancer symptoms and contain the side-effects that targeted therapies and other drugs usually exhibit.
It can benefit anyone using it in a number of ways:
One of the most noticeable effects of cancer on people suffering from it is a loss of appetite and nausea. Coupled with the drugs typically used to treat it, patients may find themselves completely unable to eat and vomiting if they manage to do. They may struggle to maintain a healthy weight, which could be crucial for the recovery process.
When ingested into the body, CBD stimulates the appetite. Depending on the situation at hand, CBD can be ingested via a CBD tincture, which usually contains a very high concentration of CBD. Due to its high bioavailability, it can be absorbed into the body faster than with other methods.
Depending on the type of cancer, having the disease itself can be an incredibly painful illness. The treatment of the disease can also lead to a lot of pain, too. Often, this is due to inflammation, damage to internal organs, pressure and nerve injury. The most common way of dealing with extremely severe pain is by using opioids, which are known to be powerful pain relievers.
However, the risk of addiction, coupled with their high prices eliminates them from the pool of choice for a lot of people. Besides, when the pain is extreme, it becomes resistant even to opioids.
CBD is a powerful pain reliever because it is able to interact directly with CB2 receptors found all over the body. This enables it to reduce inflammation, and, by extension, provide widespread pain relief.
Are there any risks due to taking CBD?
Unlike traditional medication, it’s nearly impossible to overdose on or gets addicted to CBD, since it does not interact with the central nervous system the same way that opiates do. Rather, it directly affects the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which also means there is a lower risk of developing side effects.
However, in that strange way, none of our bodies are really the same, CBD affects people slightly differently. Some people are a lot more sensitive to CBD than others, and may actually experience adverse side-effects.
This is further complicated by the fact that cannabinoid receptors are found all over the body, so it affects even organs and tissues. Side-effects may include a faster heartbeat, low blood pressure, and indigestion. The same effects may be felt by someone that’s not necessarily sensitive but uses too much at once.
Again, once in the body, CBD may inhibit the production of specific enzymes that are needed to metabolize certain cancer-related drugs. These are going to be a lot less effective if the person uses CBD oil and the drugs together. It’s important to consult a doctor before deciding to self-medicate on CBD, especially if you already rely on other drugs.
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