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?
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.
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2. One surprising fact
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.
Next: How could it treat cancer?
3. How does CBD work?
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.
Next: Does it work for breast cancer?
4. It may fight breast cancer
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.”
Next: It can be effective for this use too.
5. Relieves chemotherapy side effects
CBD oil can relieve chemotherapy symptoms like nausea, vomiting, neuropathic pain, swelling, and prevent weight loss, according to Echo Connection.
Next: This discovery is especially exciting.
6. CBD may stop the progression of this aggressive form of breast cancer
Cannabidiol may stop cancer progression in metastatic breast cancer patients, ABC News reports. 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 who took marijuana extracts needed less pain medication, The American Cancer Society notes. This information is especially exciting in light of the opioid epidemic.
Next: CBD may treat these cancers too.
8. CBD oil may also help with other cancers too
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.
Next: Researchers ask patients to exercise caution.
9. Doctors have this warning
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.