Best Info On (Cannabidiol) CBD Oil for Cancer 2018
I was reading that Martin Shkreli, nicknamed “Pharma bro” online, was recently jailed for 7 years for securities fraud. This guy, Shkreli, became the poster boy for what people perceived as greedy “Big Pharma” when it was widely reported that he raised the price of Daraprim, a drug used to treat toxoplasmosis and HIV, from US$13.50 to US$750 per pill, that’s a 5000% increase!
The full facts of the case are a bit murky with Shkreli also claiming he would continue to offer the drug for free to those that needed it. However, in the court of public opinion, and with a seemingly endless supply of photos of his smirking face, he embodied what people all over the world had experienced or long suspected themselves, namely that Big Pharma is interested in profits first, your health comes after.
Of course, stories like this coupled with skyrocketing costs of healthcare and health insurance, particularly in the USA, lead people to start to question medical advice that they receive from these huge pharmaceutical companies. We are getting suspicious about what we regard as conventional medical wisdom and best practice. Now, folks like you and I are asking themselves is this really the best treatment for me? Or is this other treatment really as bad as I hear? Or has anyone actually tried this new treatment and what are their experiences? Or even is research about new treatments being suppressed as it isn’t beneficial to Big Pharma’s bottom line?
The results of medical research and studies are no longer stored in top university libraries or in expensive journals where only the elite can access them. Luckily for us results and findings of research are available to anyone with the inclination and an internet connection.
And many people have the inclination. I certainly became more open minded to treatments that were previously unthinkable, for instance, to treatments based on cannabis derivatives. We all know it wasn’t that long ago that the drug was perceived as evil and dangerous and where simple possession of the plant in some US states could land you in jail for 50 years.
However, when it comes to life and death situations involving serious illness such as cancer, people are increasingly turning to unconventional treatments. I faced this situation myself. Now people are conducting their own research, listening to what other real people and genuine sufferers have to say, weighing up the risks themselves and drawing their own conclusions, instead of blindly believing what is being fed to us by Big Pharma backed authorities.
Cancer killed more than 8 million people worldwide in 2012 with a further 14 million new cases diagnosed. We all know one of the most common cancer treatments is chemotherapy, which stops or slows the growth of cancer cells.
As the saying goes, sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, unfortunately I discovered this is true myself.
Chemotherapy is a systemic therapy, which means that it affects the whole body. It is a highly toxic liquid which kills cancer cells but unfortunately at the moment it also kills healthy cells. Targeting chemo to only attack cancerous cells is not possible right now but is an area of research and is something that may happen in the future. Chemo treatment causes fatigue, nausea, weakness and can place the health of the patient at risk.
Different strengths of chemotherapy are used depending on the severity of the cancer and the stronger the dose the more serious the side effects. The most immediately recognizable of these is hair loss, although this only occurs at higher doses, I feel very lucky that this didn’t happen to me and my heart goes out to those affected. Side effects can become so serious that a patient may decide to stop chemotherapy altogether as quality of life is reduced drastically and there could be a lower chance of success in defeating cancer. These awful side effects are a motivating factor for patients to explore all possible alternatives and discovered treatments to help combat them, including cannabis derivatives. Maybe that’s how you found my blog!.
Studies on CBD Oil and Cancer
From my own research I found a study from 2013 in Milan that showed evidence that cannabinoids such as cannabidiol [CBD] may reduce cancer tumor size and slow their growth. Another study showed it may be anti-angiogensis, which means it limits blood flow to the tumors which prevents or reduces their rate of growth.
In neuroblastoma, a dreadful common cancer unfortunately often found in children, cannabidiols were found to be effective with CBD the most effective in treating tumors. The study also found that in laboratory tests that CBD reduced the viability and invasiveness of treated tumor cells, and impeded the growth of tumor xenografts.
THC vs. CBD for Cancer
Let’s take a quick look at the science behind all this. The biologically active components in marijuana are known as cannabinoids, coming from the Latin name cannabis. Marijuana/cannabis has more than 100 cannabinoids, chemicals that are related to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the first chemical compound used in medicine and is the main reason why marijuana is still illegal in many places as it makes users feel ‘high’. However, it can also increase appetite, reduce nausea and may also decrease pain, and inflammation, which is swelling and redness. However, its use is limited due to it making you feel ‘high’.
The second active ingredient is cannabidiol (CBD) which reduces pain and inflammation, controls epileptic seizures, and possibly could help even treat mental illness and addictions. However, CBD does not have a psychoactive effect, CBD does not make you ‘high’, therefore it is legal in many countries around the world.
Effects of Using CBD for Cancer Symptom Relief
CBD is most commonly sold in oil form and depending on what part of the world you live in you might be able to pick it up from your local pharmacy, but for many people the most convenient method is buying online. However before diving in and buying it, you should be cautious, educate yourself, and examine claims of CBD benefits.
The research above from Milan shows encouraging signs that CBD can be used in the treatment of cancer, to reduce tumor size and growth. However, what I discovered myself, and what we do know for certain due to its use over many years and millions of cannabis users, both recreationally and medically, is that CBD fights against the side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
- Treatment for nausea those undergoing chemo
- Reducing neuropathic pain caused by nerve damage
- Appetite increase
- Anxiety relief
- Chronic Pain
Studies are ongoing, however the great thing is because there is no psychoactive effect with CBD oil, users can be less concerned about an adverse effect on one’s mental health, a major factor in why marijuana is illegal in many places today. There are many specialist cancer forums online where people post their own experiences of CBD from all over the world, including those with first-rate health services such as New Zealand. These forums are another great tool in educating cancer sufferers about the alternatives out there to help alleviate side effects while possibly also directly helping the fight against the cancer itself.
There are clinical trials in the medical use of cannabis currently taking place in Santé Cannabis Clinic. This is the only medical cannabinoid therapy clinic in the world and is located over in Montreal, Canada. The trials are to test the effectiveness of different formulations of medical cannabis oil to help with chronic pain. The trial which started on January 29th, 2018 is a 6-week double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, parallel group design trial. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results after the test is due to finish in December 2018.
How to Use CBD Oil for Cancer.
CBD oil can be rubbed onto the skin, however, it is most effective when taken orally. Dosages are usually very small, so care needs to be taken when administrating them, because of this, many users decide to use oral syringes. This tool will help you measure out the correct dose and inject it into an empty pill capsule. Some CBD oil products do come in pill form, which makes them convenient to use and they can be stored easily and discreetly which always helps.
CBD Oil Dosage for Cancer
The dosage of CBD oil depends on the concentration of cannabidiol and on what you need to use it for. Recommended dosages vary between one milligram and several hundred milligrams per dose. So, what is the right dose for you?
- About 1 milligram of CBD per day – to increase appetite that has been suppressed as a result of an ongoing chemotherapy
- Between 2 and 20 milligrams – to alleviate chronic pain caused by cancer or any other disease
- Between 50 and 150 milligrams – can be used to deal with sleep disorders caused by chemo
In order to get the best possible benefits of CBD oil my advice is not to decide the dosage on your own and instead to consult your physician.
Best CBD Oil for Cancer
Although the health benefits of marijuana have been widely known for many years, mass production of CBD supplements is a relatively recent development and finding a proper, safe, reputable CBD oil supplement is not that easy.
Buying poor quality CBD oils means not only throwing away your money but it also may have an adverse effect on your health. I’ve read that such supplements are reported to cause adverse side effects, most of which are not directly related to cannabinoids but to other chemicals found in the supplement.
This is why I always urge you to do your research and find a CBD oil product to minimize the risk of harm. You ought to look for products that contain nothing but pure CBD oil in large enough quantities so that it is effective in treating the ailments you want.
To help you decide, my comprehensive guide to some of the best CBD oil products available is a good place to start! You can read it here.