Apr 14, 2016 8:10 AM

Cannabis Oil Cancer Research Shows Benefits of Marijuana-Based Treatment

Numerous studies show that hemp oil may be beneficial for cancer patients: it gives them a temporary pain relief, helps reduce nausea and anxiety. Still, we need more cannabis oil cancer research in order to get unquestionable evidence of marijuana's efficiency. Today, MJWellness will tell you about the symptoms that that have been shown to be susceptible to cannabis oil treatment.

THC and CBD help fight cancer

In 2008, there was a massive study conducted by a group of scientists from Spain, France, and Italy, and published in The Journal Of Clinical Investigation. The study summarized a number of laboratory tests that revealed how THC affects glioma cells. According to the study, THC stimulates autophagy—a physiological process responsible for cell destruction in the human body. It leads to the death of cancerous cells and leaves the healthy cells unaffected.

The other study, published in Oncogene in 2007, suggests that THC may help control the growth and metastasis of certain kinds of lung cancer. And according to a study, published in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, another chemical compound found in cannabis—CBD—helps reduce the tumor aggressiveness of breast cancer.

But in order to increase the effectiveness of the marijuana-based treatment, cancer patients need to consume higher amounts of those chemical compounds, and cannabis oil is the perfect solution. Since CBD has no psychoactive effects, CBD oil is the most popular product recommended to patients with cancer. Moreover, thanks to its non-psychoactive nature, CBD oil is believed to be an appropriate alternative medicine for kids with cancer or other severe conditions.

Cannabis oil for pediatric cancer

With more and more states legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, we can see the increase in the number of adult cancer patients who use medical cannabis to get rid of pain, nausea, anxiety, or appetite loss caused by chemotherapy. For kids, however, cannabis oil is one of the safest ways to use medical marijuana.

There are two major ways we can use cannabis oil to help kids with cancer. First of all, by using cannabis oil in addition to standard cancer treatment, we may reduce the intensity of side effects.

Secondly, there is an opinion that cannabinoids in cannabis oil may have an anti-tumor effect. A study performed by a group of scientists from the Complutense University of Madrid found that both THC and CBD help fight tumor cells.

In 2014, one of the most impressive reports presented at the Marijuana for Medical Professionals 2014 Conference in Denver, Colorado, was the one of Mara Gordon, a co-founder of Aunt Zelda’s and Zelda Therapeutics. She was talking about using cannabis oil for kids with cancer. There were in total five stories of little patients with different types of cancer that had one thing in common—no positive results after chemotherapy. After combining the standard treatment with cannabis, however, all five showed significant progress: kids get rid of most of the side effects they had after chemotherapy, and the cancers themselves receded.

The most dramatic was a story of an eight-month-old girl with optic pathway glioma. The baby went through a brain surgery and chemotherapy, but the first positive results were received only after she was given cannabis oil. There is no surprise that after Ms. Gordon finished her report, she received a standing ovation. But Ms. Gordon has her own story of fighting cancer that led her to where she is now. Watch the video below to discover her story.

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