CBD in the Treatment of Cancer
In the early days of the modern cannabis movement, medical marijuana was touted as being a strong mitigator of the side effects of cancer treatment such as pain and nausea. Health care professionals never dreamed that cannabis could have the many benefits which seem to be coming to light.
As more and more cancer patients started adding cannabis to their treatment regimen to fight the side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, anecdotal evidence began to emerge that users were experiencing dramatic tumor reductions. Could it be possible that cannabis doesn’t just make treatment tolerable, but is actually responsible for killing cancer cells itself?
A variety of studies carried out in the past few years have shown that cannabinoids found in hemp possess anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic (tumor killing) effects, creating an abundance of evidence to support the use of CBD as an anti-cancer agent.
Experiments carried out on both human cells and on animals have shown that phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids found in hemp which act like human endocannabinoids) can lead to inhibition of the growth of many tumor types including brain cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, and even leukemia. Many of these studies show CBD’s ability to disrupt cancer cell migration, preventing its spread.
So how does this process work? Mother Nature has designed an all-natural, side-effect-free option that works naturally with our own immune system. The human endocannabinoid system (ECS) acts as a message center for information flowing between our immune system and central nervous system. It is responsible for neuroprotection and micromanages the immune system. In fact, our ECS is the primary control system that maintains our well-being.
Our own immune cells are naturally designed to seek out and destroy cancer cells. When the body is compromised through illness or injury it calls on our ECS to direct the immune system to bring healing. CBD gravitates to receptors in the spleen, the headquarters of the body’s immune system helping it to keep it in balance.
Interestingly, however, in some lab studies, CBD has also shown the ability to kill cancer cells directly without the help of our immune system.
The main molecular mechanism for inhibiting proliferation of cancer cells is called, “apoptosis,” which means a cancer cell essentially commits suicide. Within most cells, there is a cell nucleus, numerous mitochondria which manage the cells energy production. In lab studies, when CBD connects to receptor sites on cancer cells, it causes an increase in a compound called ceramide which naturally drives cell death. Cancer cell death is caused by a shift in the mitochondria. As ceramide starts to accumulate it increases the mitochondrial membrane pore permeability, killing the source of energy for the cell. A normal healthy cell does not produce ceramide in the presence of CBD, thus is not affected.
If this weren’t enough, ceramide also causes toxins to build up in the cancer cell nucleus, disrupting the cell’s digestive system, starving cells of the nutrients required for cell functions, and causing their death.
So, a key to treating cancerous tumors is the accumulation of ceramide in individual cancer cells. According to studies, taking therapeutic amounts of CBD, steadily, over a period of time, causes ceramide to build up, putting continued metabolic pressure on cancer cells resulting in cell death and reduction of tumors.
There is an obvious need to further explore CBD’s use as a cancer treatment. Cancer is a serious illness which requires medical attention. But there’s a lot we can do to help the process of healing by taking advantage of Mother Nature’s own health benefits package.
Diamond CBD uses all-natural CBD from 100% organic hemp in all of our CBD products. We take pride in our quality and purity. We want our customers to get the most benefit possible from their CBD regimen.
Below is a list of studies which focused on CBD’s cancer-killing properties.
- CBD as potential anticancer drug
- CBD inhibits angiogenesis by multiple mechanisms
- The inhibitory effects of CBD on systemic malignant tumors
- CBD inhibits cancer cell invasion via upregulation of tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases-1
- Marijuana fights cancer and helps manage side effects
- In vitro and in vivo efficacy of non-psychoactive cannabidiol in neuroblastoma
- The Influence of Biomechanical Properties and Cannabinoids on Tumor Invasion
- Antitumorigenic targets of cannabinoids - current status and implications
- Cannabinoids - a new weapon against cancer?