CBD FOR CANCER PATIENTS

CBD FOR CANCER PATIENTS

 

The word all by itself is terrifying, perhaps because of how prevalent it’s become in our world – who doesn’t know someone who has (or has had) cancer?

Maybe because there are so many unknowns – what if we’re next? Maybe because potential treatments seem so harsh, and the negative effects are so easy to see when someone is fighting the disease.

One thing is for sure, however: we can all agree that the need for a cure is more urgent today than it has ever been before.

According to the National Cancer Institute, over 38 percent of people will be diagnosed with one type of cancer or another at some point in their lives. While standard treatments – like medication, chemotherapy, radiation and various surgeries – have come a long way, there may be natural options to further the effectiveness of these drugs, or to provide an entire set of other benefits.

One of these might just be CBD.

Before you roll your eyes, or write CBD off as another “hippie” remedy, check out the facts.

While CBD is often used to increase appetites, decrease nausea and decrease pain experienced by cancer patients, the true benefits of the compound may be further reaching.

In fact, recent studies have demonstrated that CBD may enable “antiproliferative, pro-apoptotic effects” that:

  • decreases the ability of cancer cells to grow.
  • decreases the ability of cancer cells to attach to various structures or “adhere.”
  • prevent cancer cell migration to other parts of the body and organs.
  • shrink tumors, and more.

With these potential health benefits, along with CBD’s proven interactions with the body’s endocannabinoid system to enable a sense of balance throughout various body systems, CBD may be an integral part of traditional cancer treatments in the very near future. 

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