There has been frequent news about health claims regarding the medicinal benefits of marijuana and cannabis products. To establish the authenticity of the various claims about these drugs, there have been around 60 peer-reviewed studies that were conducted on medical marijuana between 1990 and 2014 for treating severe conditions such as breast cancer or Parkinson’s disease. According to the review reports, around 68.3% vote was in favor of the claim and marijuana products were proved to having miraculous medicinal benefits. On the other side of the spectrum, 23.3% of the findings suggested that the products were inconclusive, but only 8.3% yielded negative results.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among all and is often diagnosed in women, especially after the age of 50. However, young adults can also develop cancerous cells in their bodies in the bust area. Though any cancer diagnosis is alarming, most of them are treatable if diagnosed early. Medical cannabis is proved to be possessing beneficial ingredients in its various forms, and cannabis oil may have the potential to combat serious issues like breast cancer. Here is how.
Cannabis products inhibit Id-1 gene
ID-1 is one of the many genes that spurts the metastatic process, which is responsible for spreading the cancerous cells from the original tumor at the breast to other parts of the body. Cannabis is known to have the potential to inhibit the ID-1 gene, therefore, preventing the cancerous cells to grow and spread to other parts of the body, thereby preventing its recurring.
Cannabis helps in combatting multiple cancer-related symptoms
Multiple cancer-related symptoms include anorexia, chemotherapy-induced pain, nausea and vomiting, depression and insomnia. Cannabis intake in permissible limit is associated with certain side effects that are short-lived. Though finding the perfect dose of cannabis usually requires a little trial and error, but once the patients “self-titrate” to the optimal dose, there cannot be anything gentler and more effective than Cannabis, in managing the excruciating pain and discomfort. Therefore, it is always recommended that patients should start as slowly as possible and gradually increase their dosages. The sedation and euphoria that are associated with cannabis intake can counterbalance to the queasiness of the patients.
Cannabis acts as an appetite stimulant
Loss of appetite is one of the most debilitating side effects of cancer that affects more than 50% of cancer patients. Cannabis acts as an appetite stimulant and it can effectively boost up the vital strength and bodyweight of the cancer patients.
Cannabis helps in giving a quality life to the patients
Patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer or other forms of cancer often lead a life full of anxiety, which makes the matter worse. CBD products with their non-psychoactive antidepressant and antianxiety ingredients give the patients a better life and also helps them to offset the unpleasant side effects of the disease.
Medical cannabis, however, has no serious negative reports until now. Preclinical data reports suggest that cannabinoids or CBD products are effective in “preventing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.” Cannabinoids are known to directly impart anti-tumor activities, mostly in case of malignancies in the central nervous system.
Therefore, while Cannabis cannot fully cure cancer, but it can surely prevent its recurrence. In fact, in some cases, it has reduced the dependence of first-line treatments for breast cancer that includes radiation, chemotherapy, surgery that often entail mammoth senses of discomfort. Whether it is nausea or post-surgical pain or even loss of appetite spiked by the chemo, they are equally painful. Cannabis proves to be a much gentler, safer and effective remedy.