Breakthrough research on breast cancer appears to link cannabinoids like cannabidiol(CBD) as being an effective weapon against the disease.
CBD is created from flowers, seeds and stalks hemp plants to create the therapeutic oil, according to Echo Connection. The compound may not only provide symptom relief from chemotherapy but also a direct path to treating the disease itself. One extremely exciting discovery is a game changer for how the most aggressive stage of breast cancer could be treated (page 6).
1. Is it legal?
The legality of CBD oil varies from state to state. | OlegMalyshev/Getty Images
Laws surrounding CBD legality are confusing, as patients must take specific steps to purchase and use the compound. The safest route is to obtain a prescription from a physician to avoid legal issues. Here is a chart that lists the states where medical marijuana is legal and how to obtain a medical marijuana card.
2. One surprising fact
CBD oil won’t get you high. | iStock/Getty Images
CBD oil comes in capsule, spray, or vapor form, according to Health. One surprising CBD property is you don’t get high like you would if you smoked marijuana. CDB oil doesn’t contain the same amount of THC contained in marijuana, which is one reason why patients are drawn to CBD oil.
3. How does CBD work?
CBD may block the development of tumors. | selvanegra/iStock/Getty Images
CBD “may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow,” according to NCI.
4. It may fight breast cancer
CBD may be especially useful in treating breast cancer. | Nensuria/iStock/Getty Images
The National Cancer Institute (NCI ) recognizes that CBD may slow, reduce and stop tumor growth: “A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells.”
5. Relieves chemotherapy side effects
It can relieve some of the worst chemotherapy symptoms. | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images
CBD oil can relieve chemotherapy symptoms like nausea, vomiting, neuropathic pain, swelling, and prevent weight loss, according to Echo Connection.
6. CBD may stop the progression of this aggressive form of breast cancer
It could be a breakthrough for breast cancer patients. | iStock.com/AND-ONE
Cannabidiol may stop cancer progression in metastatic breast cancer patients, ABC Newsreports. Researchers believe the compound hinders the Id-1 gene, which is likely responsible for breast cancer to metastasize. “This is the first evidence that a cannabinoid can target the expression of an important breast cancer metastasis gene,” Dr. Manuel Guzman, cancer and cannabidiol expert told ABC News.
Next: Patients use less of this during cancer treatment.
7. Marijuana extracts help patients with this
Patients with CBD oil took fewer opioids. | John Moore/Getty Images
Patients who took marijuana extracts needed less pain medication, The American Cancer Society notes. This information is especially exciting in light of the opioid epidemic.
8. CBD oil may also help with other cancers too
CBD marijuana oil in medicine dropper with marijuana leafs and seeds, isolated on white background. Medical marijuana, herbal remedy.
Cannabinoids are showing promise in slowing, reducing or stopping the progression of cancer of the colon, liver, and non-small cell lung, according to NCI.
9. Doctors have this warning
Not all doctors are sold on CBD oil yet. | daizuoxin/iStock/Getty Images
Prescription cannabinoids have side effects, which include dizziness, light-headedness, and increased heart rate, according to The American Cancer Society. The medication may also worsen any mental illness and possibly cause hallucinations.
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