What a difference a few years can make.
Every year, there are new advances in the treatment of cancer.
Immunotherapy is all the rage now and shows tremendous potential.
This includes cancer.
We're finding new ways to prevent, offset, and mitigate both cancer and the effects of treatment associated with it.
In this new arsenal, people are researching CBD and its effects on both cancer and the symptoms of cancer treatment.
Now...we want to be clear.
Make sure to work with your doctor for any treatment.
CBD is not cleared for the treatment of cancer by the FDA.
We don't want to misinform, give false promises, or cause people to avoid the best treatment.
But what does it do? What does the research show?
That, we can get in to.
We'll dig heavily into the research.
There will be much more to come on this front.
If you want to jump to the screened CBD brands first, click here:
Otherwise, we'll get into these areas:
Let's get started.
Before we jump into the research on CBD and cancer, let's evaluate the key points of how it starts and spreads.
Cancer is primarily a disease of the genes.
Mutations or changes in healthy genes cause uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells.
These cells can spread and quickly outnumber healthy cells.
If that system is overwhelmed or has errors in it, cancer can take hold.
This can be the result of genetic errors we have originally or ones acquired over time.
The mutations usually derive from one of the three causes:
Here's the key point...at some point in our lives, these errors occur in all of us.
Luckily, we have mechanisms (written in genes) for finding errors and fixing them.
There's even new research showing that our immune system is critical to catching faulty cells early and destroying them.
We even have a fail-safe to shut the cell down if they are abnormal.
So really, cancer needs four things:
That's four potential chinks in its armor!
There are so many aspects of cancer research (mitochondria, autophagy – eating of cells, apoptosis, etc) that are very interesting but we'll keep it simple for this article on CBD.
Researchers just found that autophagy is key to taking out cancer cells early on:
Guess what system regulates autophagy in the body:
Check out how CBD supports mitochondria here.
Now, let's stick with what research says about CBD and cancer.
This is too important for too many people to go out on limbs not yet tested.
It's important to think of CBD as complementary to your cancer treatment.
It's not either-or.
There's too much at stake and we need more research.
Let's see what we have now.
Think again of the four different needs of cancer to thrive:
We'll look at CBD and cancer research as it pertains to these needs.
A cancer is called metastatic if it's prone to spread aggressively.
CBD shows some promise here.
First hints here:
It's one mechanism used by cancer to move around the body.
It's not just metastasis but a range of cancer behavior:
This is important...it appears to fight tumors among multiple pathways.
Angiogenesis is the ability of cancer cells to build new blood supply in order to spread and grow. Metastasis is the ability to move around the body.
There are many kinds of cancers and CBD is starting to be tested with individual types such as this one that primarily hits children:
The net net...CBD caused cancer cells to commit suicide (apoptosis). Caspase 3 is a substance used by the body to cut up cancer cells for disposal.
What about nasty, re-occurring, and aggressive brain cancers that didn't respond to traditional treatments and were terminal?
Most interestingly, it doesn't target normal cells.
Remember the talk about genes and cancer?
The ID-1 gene has been tied to breast cancer.
They went on further to say:
A study-specific to cervical and lung cancer:
Cancer needs an increased blood supply to grow.
What does CBD do for this "angiogenesis"?
There are dozens of studies going on to further investigate CBD and Cancer.
Keep in mind that it was basically illegal to study it until recently.
What a shame on our government.
Let's look at CBD specifically for Cancer.
Cancer doesn't happen in a bubble.
We all are exposed to countless chemicals and toxins in today's modern world.
Some people smoke all their lives and never get cancer.
This may be CBD's greatest influence on the body.
First, a quick graphic of CBD and cannabinoids are doing in the body:
You can get more detail at our How CBD Works and Beginners Guide to CBD.
What do these systems have to do with cancer?
Let's start with a big one.
You need some inflammation. It's how the body surges needed materials and protection to sites of infection or injury.
There are even studies where ibuprofen can cause irregular tissue rebuilding at the site of injuries as it short circuits the inflammatory healing process.
Your downtime is shorter but the resulting repair is worse!
There's no free ride in the universe.
We need inflammation but most of our modern diseases are the result of too much inflammation.
The immune system (where inflammation response is governed) is outgunned and acting erratically.
Let's look at some of the major systems that CBD has been shown to help balance.
What about inflammation and cancer?
Let's look at the research:
Once the cancer is started, it might even be hijacking the inflammatory response system to spread:
The link is a fascinating study.
So...what does CBD have to do about this?
CBD has a strong anti-inflammatory influence.
The immune system is one of the main ones (if not THE main one) that is governed by our endocannabinoid system.
Many of the positive effects are pointing to balancing this system for their cause:
Chronic inflammation has been directly implicated in the start, growth, and proliferation of cancer!
DNA damage itself can result from inflammation in the body:
More chronic inflammation...more DNA damage...more chance that cancer gets a foothold.
What about the other systems CBD helps to regulate.
How about hormones!
It's been known for some time that hormones, if out of balance, can be carcinogenic (cause cancer).
Let's look at just one.
One of the estrogens is actually cancer-protective (estradiol)!
The ratio of metabolites (what estrogen breaks down to) shows your real hormonal risk for cancer.
Those synthetic estrogens? Synthetic birth controls?
Ummmm...we would run.
Millions of women suffer as their progesterone, estradiol, and testosterone decrease (signals to the body and brain to shut down).
Hormones are important for proper cancer avoidance!
This may be part of the genetic component of cancer.
COMT gene mutations reduce your ability to remove estrogen in the liver.
There are probably 1000's of genes that impact this complicated choreography.
Remember all those outside chemicals we talked about?
Even worst than DDT and glyphosate (Round Up found in almost everyone's blood), are the endocrine disruptors!
Chemicals that mimic, block or interfere with estrogen and other hormones in our bodies.
Very common in almost all:
Good luck keeping up with the chemists, endocannabinoid system!
CBD is one way we can help the body offset the effects of the chemical soup we live in.
CBD also aids in the removal of these toxins from our bodies!
A new study showed that the endocannabinoid is tasked with taking toxins across the gut lining and out of the body.
Otherwise, they build up there!
That can't be good. Source of inflammation!
We've talked about the specifics of CBD and cancer.
We've talked about general system interventions of CBD and cancer.
Let's look at the side effects of CBD.
We'll also cover CBD to help with the side effects of cancer treatment!
First, let's look at the side effects of CBD by itself.
The most common side effects noted are:
These are generally moderate and at higher doses.
They tend to accompany other more serious health issues and/or medications.
Make sure to check with your doctor if you take medications.
CBD has shown a constant track record of strong safety throughout the studies.
There's another aspect in terms of cancer though.
CBD for the terrible side effects of cancer treatment!
Many people with cancer actually take CBD to help with the side effects from chemo, radiation, and other cancer medications.
These can include:
These are the top reasons for which people take CBD.
You can check out their individual pages here but the net net...
Radiation and chemo create a tremendous amount of inflammation and toxins.
Make sure to work with your doctor for any supplement like CBD.
We're trying to beat cancer.
We want to make sure not to do anything else to the body during this ordeal.
CBD has a great safety profile but we want the best quality and purity:
The companies screened here have supporting 3rd party testing results (which we publish).
That's the first agenda item.
Then there's the safety of CBD itself.
You can check out the main CBD safety page but throughout all the research papers above, you'll see mention of a good safety profile.
That's consistent across the research.
This gets a little tricky.
We'll provide the general guidelines first:
The research has tested between 300-600mg for serious issues like cancer.
There are reports up to 1500mg but each person's chemistry is different.
The advice is always to start lower and work up while watching your body's tolerance.
Full-spectrum may have some beneficial uses but a good percentage of the population has histamine issues and may react to all the other natural "plant" material in full spectrum.
CBD Isolate may work best here to avoid any further inflammation. Learn about CBD and Histamine response here.
Looking at the research in prior sections, CBD appears to kill cancer in a few ways.
CBD is not the only endocannabinoid that has positives effects on killing cancer.
More research is needed there but CBD has a strong safety profile and is not psychoactive.
The typical delivery for cancer is with CBD oil drops.
This is also the best value long-term.
You can investigate the brands and rates here for CBD drops.
The effects of CBD are thought to be cumulative and single doses have shown effects up to 7 days!
Test with your body to see where your threshold is.
There are no reported overdoses on CBD ever!
Look for stomach issues first as an indication that your body needs to acclimate to CBD.
We're creating a massive list of CBD reviews, results, and testimonials.
Cancer is such a scary issue for many people.
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CBD oil is the best option longer term due to cost and effectiveness.
Check out the "Best of" list for CBD oil here:
We have to be able to afford CBD long term.
You know why??
Because this is going to be long-term and cancer's going down!
Also, check out a B complex with methylated B6 and B12, Magnesium, NAD, and learn learn learn.
We have to be our own advocates in today's medical world.
Peace to you and be well!