It’s breast cancer awareness month, so we’re looking at the effects if any, that CBD could have on the symptoms.
CBD is increasingly popular in the world of health and wellness due to the whole body benefits it can offer. There is still a lot of debate though about CBD, in particular, its treatment potential for cancer.
In the United States around 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women behind lung cancer. The rates in breast cancer in the U.S. have also increased slightly this year by 0.3%.
Can CBD stop breast cancer?
Researchers have found that CBD could potentially be used to treat breast cancer. However, at this stage, the results are still largely inconclusive. According to Cancer Research UK,
“Many hundreds of scientific papers looking at cannabinoids and cancer have been published, but these studies simply haven’t found enough robust scientific evidence to prove that these can safely and effectively treat cancer.”
Unfortunately, many of these studies were conducted on cancer cells and on animals. That’s not quite the same as testing on a human body. There are plenty of anecdotal stories about people using cannabinoids to aid them in their recovery.
What is needed is a large scale clinical trial.
The fact is the research around CBD is still in its infancy. For many years, researchers were extremely limited in the access that they could gain to medical-grade cannabis.
On the bright side, there’s more research to show that CBD can help offset the strain and anxiety of battling cancer.
Can CBD help you manage pain?
There is a growing amount of evidence that says that cannabinoids may be beneficial in dealing with pain and side effects of cancer treatment. However, many of these treatments involve CBD in conjunction with THC. THC has long been shown to have positive effects on pain management.
Even back in the 1980s, there was a synthetic THC (dronabinol) that was being used to reduce nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. Nowadays there are far safer alternatives to such medicines. With THC still illegal in many countries, CBD may be the only option left.
CBD for sleep and anxiety
Along with its anti-inflammation properties, CBD has been shown to have powerful anti-anxiety effects. Using CBD to reduce anxiety during treatment could be beneficial for keeping a healthy mindset. It can be difficult to stay positive but with CBD you can stay clearheaded and, hopefully, less stressed.
It’s also not surprising to learn that cancer patients, and of course the family and friends of those suffering, find it incredibly difficult to sleep. Along with reducing your anxiety, it’s important to get as much sleep as you can. CBD is a safe way of calming the mind and relaxing the nervous system to get a good night’s rest.
Right now there simply isn’t enough evidence to say definitively what way CBD affects the development of cancer cells in the human body. We support the continued research of scientists into cancer treatment and it’s our hope that that is clearer in the future. As always, if you’re planning on changing your treatment in any way it’s important to consult your doctor.