These days, CBD products are easily available and they come in various forms due to the fact that they can be sprayed as aerosol solutions, inhaled or ingested via the mouth. CBD is extracted from cannabis plants: Hemp and Marijuana are two common cannabis plants that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol. One of the main differences between these two plants is that Marijuana contains more THC (which is a psychoactive compound) than CBD and this is what gives the “high” feeling.
Generally, CBD is not a controlled substance as long as it is not being sold as a medicine. There have been stories of people claiming to notice positive changes after taking CBD oil but what does science have to say about what is real and what is false?
How Does CBD Oil Help With Cancer?
The properties of cannabidiol oil have been of interest to scientists but unfortunately, there is still a lot to be discovered when it comes to the effects of cannabidiol oil on cancer. Even though there is still much to study, it has been found that CBD oil can help in managing side-effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, weight-loss, neuropathy, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. There are some synthetic cannabidiols approved for nausea caused by chemotherapy but there is no evidence to show that they are in any way better than the usual medications used for the same purpose.
Can CBD Oil Cure Cancer?
While CBD oil CANNOT cure cancer, some studies on animal cancer models have shown a reduction in tumor cell growth and an increase in the effectiveness of certain cancer drugs.
Is CBD oil safe for treating cancer?
There is still a lot to be discovered when it comes to CBD. As a cancer patient, you should talk to your doctor first and consider the following before using CBD:
CBD oil can interfere with liver function. In fact, this warning is on Epidiolex, which is the only medicine derived from CBD oil that is approved by the FDA for use. CBD oil can prevent certain enzymes that metabolize some drugs. This may lead to the drug accumulating in the system for a long time and this could lead to other complications.
It’s hard to be sure of the exact chemical composition of CBD oil since it is not regulated. Also, CBD and THC are both extracted from the same sources and with similar processes. As a result of that, a product that is advertised as pure CBD could end up having THC in it or have a very high percentage of THC than CBD. It’s also possible for a plant to have a higher THC level than expected. It could also contain other toxic impurities or germs which could cause health-related issues in people that are immunocompromised.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), pure CBD has a good safety profile but then, there could still be negative side effects if it interferes with other drugs.
Other Side Effects:
Although CBD is generally safe, side effects may include appetite changes, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight changes.
Right now, there is still a lot about CBD that isn’t known and although it isn’t a cure for cancer, it is still a great natural product for reducing the side-effects of chemotherapy. Note that this quality doesn’t make it superior to other medications.
While CBD is advantageous to cancer patients in some ways, it still has some side-effects and some risks come with it. One of the things you can do to avoid those risks is making sure the CBD you are obtaining doesn’t contain any harmful substances. You can do this by buying only from trusted sellers and avoid those who make false medicinal claims. This may be a little bit hard though because the market is flooded with a lot of sellers providing false information.
Also, cancer patients should talk to their doctors before using CBD. CBD interacts with some chemotherapy drugs, which could be very dangerous and even fatal to cancer patients. This is why it is of utmost importance that cancer patients seek medical counsel and guidance before using CBD.