Cannabis Knocks Off All The Things Cancer Puts on the Table - RxLeaf

Cannabis Knocks Off All The Things Cancer Puts on the Table

Lydia K. RN
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Whether you think cannabis cures cancer or not, it’s a critical medicine for this disease. Cannabis has so many benefits, as part of your cancer treatment plan.

Curing cancer is the holy grail of medical research and it’s the most-coveted breakthrough of our time. Conventional treatment for cancer revolves around chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and sometimes palliative care when the cancer goes beyond conceivable treatment. Unfortunately, most of these are associated with severe, adverse side effects which only add to the burden of convalescence. Cannabis can alleviate all of the side effects of conventional treatment and may even treat the cancer itself. Cell and animal studies already point to this result.

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What do Cancer Patients Say About Cannabis?

One RxLeaf reader said, “If I didn’t have cannabis oil, cancer would have me dead by now.”

This patient was diagnosed with adrenal cancer that had metastasized to the lungs. He underwent surgery and later chemo. During this period, the patient lost a dramatic 50 pounds in 6 weeks and couldn’t hold anything down. Then he started fully concentrated cannabis oil, also known as Rick Simpson Oil, and he now claims full recovery. You can read the full story here.

Ron, another RxLeaf reader survived Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma five times using cannabis. He was pressured to engage in drug trials with dubious results. So Ron had this to say: Fuck Cancer. Fuck Your Drug Trials.

There are many more patient testimonies for including cannabis in your cancer treatment.

Science Shows That Cannabis Battles Cancer

Prevents Blood Vessel Formation

One of the key ways that cannabis combats cancer is by blocking the formation of new blood vessels. Cancer can’t metastasize if it can’t properly form new blood vessels.

Angiogenesis is the process by which new blood vessels form from old ones — like a potato sprouting. New blood vessels are how wounds heal, people grow, and new and better pathways form for circulation.

But, it’s also how tumors transition from benign growths to malignant cancers. Thus, one of the best ways to combat cancer growth is by limiting the ability of the body to generate new blood vessels. That’s anti-angiogenesis.

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Cannabis Limits Tumor Growth

Studies have also shown that cannabis supports tumor regression. Mice studies provide anecdotal evidence that need the confirmation of human trials.

Cannabis Stops Metastasis

Years ago, medical researchers discovered that a specific protein, called Id-1, was responsible for much of the progressive and invasive behavior of breast cancer. It was found that blocking Id-1 from functioning could prevent breast cancer from metastasizing. The cannabinoid, CBD, is the first outside agent that exerts this influence on Id-1. If breast cancer can be prevented from metastasizing or halted early in its tracks, the number of lives saved could be massive.

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Cannabis Treats Cancer Symptoms: pain, muscle wasting, appetite loss, insomnia

Cancer pain is the worst kind of pain to plague humans. One patient initially started using cannabis to treat his migraines. Soon after, however, he was diagnosed with cancer, but continued to use cannabis to control his pain symptoms, saying “I have found no medication from my doctor that can do what cannabis can for my body.|”

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Cannabis also helps in reducing nausea and promoting appetite, which are common symptoms in cancer patients. This article illustrates the mechanisms by which cannabis is able to achieve this. Another effect of cancer and chemotherapy treatment is mood and emotional lability; CBD has been shown to improve both. According to a Care-by-Design survey of 2495 cannabis users, over 80% of participant with mood disorders reported that CBD improved their mood.

Cancer is associated with secondary symptoms that can increase mortality rates.  Cachexia, or muscle wasting, is one of the most sinister. The onset of cachexia affects the body’s composition, and is responsible for around 22% of fatalities in cancer cases as it severely weakens the body. Cachexia also affects appetite, energy levels, and the body’s ability to persevere.

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Cachexia has many causes, including: inflammation, changes to the energy and protein balance in the body, appetite loss, and change in body composition due to the disease and its treatment.

Cannabis is known to reduce inflammation and increase appetite and is often prescribed to cancer and HIV patients to help them maintain weight and reduce nausea.

Insomnia is also another problem associated with cancer. Studies found that cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have therapeutic benefits for treatment of insomnia.

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Cannabis is a key medicine for the treatment of cancer through its various stages. Anecdotal evidence has pointed us in the right direction, now it is time to focus our energies on clinical trials that may provide massive breakthroughs in the prevention, treatment and management of cancer for patients all over the world.

Lydia Kariuki

RN, Expert medical writer who is passionate about cannabis!

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