Cannabidiol (CBD) has seriously grown in interest as a potential natural food supplement for treating various conditions and diseases that cause pain and inflammation. CBD has grown in popularity with one specific disease – Cancer, this has grown in popularity due to many stories claiming that CBD can cure cancer or that CBD has helped patients relieve some of the symptoms caused by current cancer treatments such as radiation.
Cancer is a condition where the cells in a certain part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. These cancerous cells then invade and destroy healthy tissue including some organs.
It currently affects 1 in 3 people in the UK. The prediction is that it will become even more common. There are more than 200 types of cancer and each one treated in its own specific way. The 4 most common types of cancer are:
There are many symptoms that people with cancer experience, the most common are:
- Unexplained bleeding
- Unexplained weight loss
- A lump or swelling
- Unexplained pain
Over the years, treatments have developed to help relieve and potentially cure cancer. Current methods mean the majority of people have a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Other treatments used are immunotherapy, targeted therapy or hormone therapy, in addition to surgery, if appropriate. Whilst these treatments do help the effects of cancer and in the majority of cases cure cancer, it isn’t without its side effects.
Despite the popularity of traditional treatments, there are many people who are diagnosed with cancer who don’t want to take this route and turn to alternative therapies.
In the past few years, CBD is becoming more and more popular as a potential supplementary treatment for cancer due to the medical research that has been showing promising results. However, many people remain sceptical with the lack of clinical research done, but what many people don’t know is that scientists have been carrying out lots of research on cannabinoids and their effect on cancer and other conditions since the 1970’s. Whether this is to look at whether CBD can help relieve many of the side effects during radiation treatment or to cure cancer .
*The authors of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology stated that over the past few years the several lines of evidence support the effect cannabinoids have on the body and found that ‘cannabinoids possess anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects and they are known to interfere with tumour neovascularization, cancer cell migration, adhesion, invasion and metastasisation’.
A paper written by the Hematology-Oncology department at San Francisco General Hospital and the Osher Centre for integrative medicine have said ‘Aside from symptom management, an increasing body of in vitro and animal-model studies supports a possible direct anticancer effect of cannabinoids by way of a number of different mechanisms involving apoptosis, angiogenesis, and inhibition of metastasis’.