The Big C – one of the biggest causes of deaths in the world, and although the potentials of cannabis have been discussed for many years, due to its minimal research – it still isn’t a main treatment for illness. However, studies reveal that cannabidiol; the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, is extremely effective in destroying cancerous cells. So, can cannabis cure cancer?
Despite Cancer Research UK warning cancer patients to avoid cannabinoids, there have been many cases in which adults, children, and animal sufferers, have consumed CBD daily, and seen a significant improvement in their health, both reducing the size of tumors, and aiding overall well-being.
Locations in America, have legalised cannabis for medical purposes, and is available upon prescription, for severe illness such as Cancer, Glaucoma, PTSD. However, many states have different laws, and requirements on medical cannabis, therefore it’s not as easy accessed as most think.
Europe however, haven’t advanced as much in the medical cannabis, despite locations such as Czech Republic, which have only very recently opened up to the idea of medical marijuana, and still have stern restrictions on possession, distribution and consumption, but, it’s still early days.
A new study has found that balancing the amount of CBD, along with Chemotherapy – the official treatment for cancers, can significantly improve the efficiency of treatment, as high doses of Chemo can cause some horrible side effects. However, as we know, people react differently to different substances, which is what makes it hard to deter if cannabis is beneficial, or not.
Scientist’s have found that not only could it possibly be used as a treatment for Cancer, but also as a medicine to prevent, and reduce side effects from Chemotherapy, such as sickness, hair loss, and weakened immune system; which can be extremely disheartening, and painful.
However, the order of which you receive treatment in, makes a huge difference in the results. Studies showed that consuming CBD after Chemo, made the treatment of killing cancer cells much more effective. Lead author of the study, Dr Wai Liu, from St George’s, University of London, said: ‘We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment.’ So, despite the number of patients that have successfully used CBD as a treatment, research will continue all around the world, until a secure cure is found.