The method of how CBD oil kills cancer cells is not readily known. What we do know, however, is that there are enough people and studies to show promise of the potential of CBD oil to help cancer patients. As you may already know, CBD has been steadily gaining popularity across the globe, due to the promising therapeutic effects it can deliver. Although there is still a lot of room for research, many friends, family and physicians have recommended the use of CBD for cancer patients.
Yet it is much too early to make any solid claims about the power of CBD to help with cancer treatments. Many cancer patients have found varying degrees of help with CBD, ranging from management of cancer symptoms, managing chemotherapy side-effects and even experiencing remission of their cancer. The studies on CBD and cancer are very promising, but there is nothing conclusive yet.
What the gist of the studies seem to suggest is that CBD therapy may work very well in combination with traditional cancer treatments, and may not necessarily be a replacement. Cancer and the subsequent treatment can be a very painful experience for patients. Inflammation is often the culprit, as well as injury to nerves and heavy pressure from tumors on the internal organs. The pain can be severe and worse yet, one can become tolerant and even resistant to the pain-killers prescribed by the doctor. (The last thing anyone should have to deal with is pain medication resistance or even addiction, which is not uncommon in situations like this.)
What Is CBD and Why Use It for Cancer?
CBD acts on your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for regulating various other systems throughout your body, including your immune system and the brain. These are the same systems that cancer cells attack. CBD acts indirectly on the CB2 receptors of the ECS, which can help reduce inflammation and pain, along with killing cancer cells.
You may be wondering how exactly CBD can kill or even prevent cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), copious amounts of studies were reviewed to explore the link between cancer and cannabis, which includes both THC and CBD. In 2016, studies revealed that cannabinoids inhibit the speed and growth of cancerous tumors in animals, as well as in test tubes. However, they did also find that some dosages and various types of cannabinoids could possibly suppress the immune system. This could allow any cancerous growths to grow unchecked, but studies are still inconclusive about this.
How Do Cancer Cells Form Anyway?
Every single person has cells in the body that multiply and divide, in order to create new tissue cells. The body also has special genes (oncogenes) that regulate and control your cells ability for growth and division. There are also tumor suppressor genes that limit the amount of growth of your cells, so that you don’t experience abnormal (cancerous) cell growth.
In cancer, the oncogenes are switched on, while your tumor suppression genes are switched off. This then results in the excess growth of cells, which then turn into tumors and spread throughout your body. While we do not know the exact cause of cancer, research has shown that there are some factors to consider. These include prolonged sunlight exposure, exposure to chemicals and viruses, ionizing radiation, and tobacco smoke.
How Does CBD Kill Cancer?
Once the CBD is applied or ingested, it connects to the cannabinoid receptor site on the cancer cells. This causes the ceramide synthesis to skyrocket and lead to the cancer cells self-destructing, without harming any of the healthy cells and tissue. Normal cells will not produce any ceramide when exposed to CBD or THC.
The reason the cancer cells self-destruct is not because of any toxic chemicals. It is because there is a tiny mitochondrial shift in the cell body. The cell’s mitochondria produces fuel for the cell to be able to function and carry out its tasks. The production of ceramide within the mitochondria also raises the sphingolipid rheostat, which in turn increases permeability of the membrane to cytochrome c. Cytochrome c is a special energy protein that is then pushed out of the cell’s mitochondria, therefore depriving the cancer cell of life energy to continue on. This is essentially killing the source of energy and life for that cell. With the presence of ceramide, there is absolutely no possibility of survival for the cancer cell. Obviously, the key to getting rid of cancer cells is to accumulate a certain amount of ceramide in your system. So the key is to take CBD over a long-term period of time, on a consistent basis.
CBD oil can possibly help you if you are a cancer patient who is not satisfied with the traditional medical options available. You may not be completely convinced that Western medicine has all the right answers for you. Or maybe your physician has told you “we have done everything we can do”. No matter what, it’s always a good idea to keep your options open and to research alternative methods. Because there haven’t been any major risks associated with CBD, you could possibly explore safe, high-quality CBD oil. You’ll want to first discuss this with your physician, of course, so that you can avoid any unnecessary problems, like possible drug interactions. Also, not all forms of cancer are treated the same, and therefore a certain method that may have worked for one patient, may not necessarily work the same for the next.