The effects of marijuana also vary depending on how marijuana such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells. Cannabis has been used medicinally for millennia, but has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat any medical. Cannabis and cannabinoid use during cancer is often done for symptom management. Learn more about use of cannabis and cannabinoids.
THC and on CBD of Cancer The Impact
There are 2 chemically pure drugs based on marijuana compounds that have been approved in the US for medical use. Nabiximols is a cannabinoid drug still under study in the US. Based on a number of studies, dronabinol can be helpful for reducing nausea and vomiting linked to chemotherapy. Dronabinol has also been found to help improve food intake and prevent weight loss in patients with HIV. Research is still being done on this drug. Like many other drugs, the prescription cannabinoids, dronabinol and nabilone, can cause side effects and complications.
Some people have trouble with increased heart rate, decreased blood pressure especially when standing up , dizziness or lightheadedness, and fainting. They can also worsen depression, mania, or other mental illness.
Some patients taking nabilone in studies reported hallucinations. The drugs may increase some effects of sedatives, sleeping pills, or alcohol, such as sleepiness and poor coordination. Patients have also reported problems with dry mouth and trouble with recent memory.
People who have had emotional illnesses, paranoia, or hallucinations may find their symptoms are worse when taking cannabinoid drugs. Talk to your doctor about what you should expect when taking one of these drugs. The American Cancer Society supports the need for more scientific research on cannabinoids for cancer patients, and recognizes the need for better and more effective therapies that can overcome the often debilitating side effects of cancer and its treatment.
The Society also believes that the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance by the US Drug Enforcement Administration imposes numerous conditions on researchers and deters scientific study of cannabinoids.
Federal officials should examine options consistent with federal law for enabling more scientific study on marijuana. The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team. Our team is made up of doctors and master's-prepared nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as journalists, editors, and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.
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I have had 4 lung cancers. Curious- with all the state regulations and time required to get approved what do folks think about the cbd oils as an immediate option? Is it a scam like weight loss herbs? Or have folks seen results? We are lucky here in Colorado. Marijuana is legal both medically and recreationally. Our doctors recommended it and gave my husband the medical marijuana card but we can also supplement as need be with recreational.
My husband has a Stage 4 cancer of 'unknown primary' after 10 months of testing and appointments …. Since we are doing no other treatment, we are cautiously optimistic that the marijuana is contributing to the decline in cancer activity.
Our doctors are on board. There is an interesting article you can Google from the National Institutes of Health about the effect of CBD and THC for a number of medical concerns……there isn't much research yet because of the legal status but it being used for pain, inflammation and can in some way 'bind' to cancer cells they believe and kill the cells without harming healthy cells. I am, as of tomorrow, 3 years cancer free from my breast cancer diagnosis and I too have started to use CBD only as a 'preventative'.
I have noticed no ill effects. I use a small amount vaping before bed and it does relax me somewhat and I sleep well ha ha. The CBD doesn't create the brain effects of THC but it seems to relax me and reduce some of my old lady pains that might otherwise keep me awake. My husband has had no negative effects either……marijuana has been used for years and there don't seem to be long term effects for adults that are documented, so I figure……..
CBD oil is great for lowering anxiety, helping with seizures, etc. You would have to look up the list on google. It is not a scam at all.
I think that any claims that cannibis can cure cancer is a public perception and not a scientific one. Contrary to what most people believe, medical uses of cannabis have been widely studied.
A review by the National Academy of Science looked at over 10, studies. They found evidence for some applications of cannabis, including managing chronic pain and spasms associated with multiple sclerosis. There was also good evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol THC , the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, can reduce the nausea caused by chemotherapy.
Indeed, a synthetic form of THC, called dronabinol, has been prescribed for just this use for decades. But, crucially, there is zero evidence that cannabis has any curative or even helpful impact on cancer, despite enthusiastic claims to the contrary. There are several articles and studies early stage and in progress on the National Institutes of Health website Search, National Institutes of Health — CBD and THC that outline research into the uses and possible effectiveness of the marijuana plant compounds for the use in cancer.
It's a tough read very 'medical, ha ha but there seems to be some promise there. CBD oil is not another treatment option. It has not been shown to decrease cancer cells.
What it is, is a useful agent in helping with relaxing, nausea, some pain. I believe that using the terms cures or treatments, remedy or antidote are words that should never be used when talking about THC or CBD oil. Too many people will believe it and it gives a false hope of surviving.
Also some people can have adverse side effects that don't ever seem to be talked about. Colleen has mentioned that there is a great need for more scientific research.
I agree, for sure. I also think than when adding a mind altering chemical when you are already taking others needs to be done in a very cautious way. I hope I was not misunderstood. However, the articles I referenced and the information we received from not one but three oncology groups in relation to my husband's cancer treatment were to use it if tolerable for him which it is as an adjunct to his medical care.
Other uses have been confirmed as well now. The problem with CBD and THC is that with it's legal status little research has been possible and it frustrates some doctors because they see the early research and wish they had more concrete information. I am not a 'snake oil salesman' and I hope I have presented my thoughts carefully.
I think it should be noted that so many conventional cancer treatments used today can have serious side effects and limited efficacy as well and alternatives such as CBD and THC shouldn't be pushed aside without consideration.
I am 3 years cancer free 5 years from my initial diagnosis of breast cancer. I just now added it to my healthy lifestyle choices AND medical treatment, which included a bi lateral mastectomy. I am not suggesting that people look to a miracle drug for cure but instead evaluate all their options in treating their cancer because to be honest…………medical science is a practice and it's constantly evolving. I meant no harm or disrespect but ignoring alternative options is not wise either.
Cindy- I mentioned all these things because I wanted to make the point, not because of anything that you wrote. I just spurred me to write! And I am sorry that I gave the wrong impression myself. I am so afraid of wrong terms and people believing what their minds want them too. Evaluating all options is key to getting the right treatments, but as you write, they often fail or have serious side effects and are not adequate and additional options need to be considered.
You certainly did not show any disrespect, perhaps I should have asked questions instead of diving right in. Liked by Colleen Young, Connect Director , cindylb. Merry……perhaps I over reacted a bit myself and I apologize. My husband's cancer is unusual because they cannot determine a primary source and they told us he wouldn't be here for the holidays but we just returned from a doctor visit and he is actually so much better.
We are thankful and grateful for that. We were offered radiation and it was taken off the table, we were offered surgery and it was taken off the table, we were offered chemo but since they don't know the cancer type it would be multiple chemo drugs and they felt he wouldn't be able to tolerate treatment.
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Cannabidiol enhances the inhibitory effects of delta9-THC on human Pathways mediating the effects of CBD on the reduction of breast cancer cell proliferation. Cannabis oil is a thick, sticky substance composed of cannabinoids, Effects of Cannabis Oil on Cancer Cells How does CBD kill cancer?. Sanchez and other researchers have confirmed that the most potent effects against tumor growth occur when THC and CBD are combined.