Can Cannabis Treat Cancer?
The answer varies depending on how you use the plant and in what form. If the disease is treated before it has time to metastasize you can make inroads in your own recovery.
Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in the world according to the World Health Organization. One in every six deaths are caused by it which means you know someone who has it. That is a lot of patients in need of treatment. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough natural treatments that can cure the minor variety or alleviate the symptoms associated with it. Cannabis is the exception to that rule to an extent. Here is what you need to know about this plant.
How do cancer cells form?
Before understanding how cannabis works on this disease, let’s discuss how cancer comes into being first. Our cells multiply every day to create new tissue that make up our organs, muscles and nerves. We also contain oncogenes that control cell growth and their ability to divide. On the other side of the coin, we also have tumor suppression genes that prevent that growth from going out of control.
Cancer occurs when this system is flipped on its head – the tumor suppressing genes are turned off while the oncogenes work overtime. The result is more cells than our body knows what to do with resulting in the formation of tumors which can spread through the body like wildfire.
Cancer cells go through a number of stages before they attain the form of a tumor. In the hypeplasia stage for instance, affected cells divide out of control which increases the number of cells in that area. In the second stage, dysplasia, the cancer cells change shape and start to encroach on the surrounding healthy cells.
Eventually, they snowball into piles of cancer cells called the primary tumor which just keeps getting bigger. In the final stage, metastasis, those large balls of contorted cells find their way into a lymph node or the bloodstream and by then, it is usually too late. At that point, the cancer spreads throughout the body where it continues to grow and divide.
The effects of Cannabis on Cancer
Cannabis has been known to have several effects on cancer that prevents its growth and mitigate its painful effects. For instance, its antiproliferative effects stops cancer cells from dividing and this includes those that have turned malignant. Certain compounds that the cannabis plant comprises of are known to slow the growth of cancer cells in breast, lung and prostate cancer.
Simply put, those cannabis compounds compel cancer cells to commit suicide or apoptosis. Normal cells do this naturally but this plant can induce the same effect in malignant cells that refuse to go down in size. If you are healthy, then your cells are already undergoing a cycle of death and rebirth. Cancer cells don’t do that because they stop responding to signals from the body telling them that it’s time to self-destruct.
Cannabis oil is known to trigger apoptosis in cancer cells which kills them instantly. Studies on rodents have allowed scientists to provide conclusive evidence that this plant can reduce cancer cells through this trigger effect. The oil from this plant is known for this but most people start treatment too late. Most have already gone through chemo and radiation which can nullify the beneficial effects of this plant and its oil from taking root.
Cannabis compounds also have an anti-metastatic effect on cells. A tumor becomes metastatic when cancer cells break off and proliferate across the body. These are quite difficult to treat but cannabis can stop these from spreading and wreaking havoc. In fact, it can also starve those cells by stopping them from developing blood vessels that can provide them the nutrition they need to grow. The result is shrinking tumors that can disappear with further treatment.
The damage those treatments cause also increase the time it takes for the oil to take effect and by the time it does set in, it is usually too late. Depending on the havoc it created, it can take up to 180 grams of the oil and around 6 months to treat those cells. The oil is also beneficial for organ health and is also known for treating diabetes to an extent.
Cannabis is also known for relieving the symptoms of cancer and help improve the quality of life of patients who need relief from the pain they undergo every day.
How to start treatment
If you want to use cannabis oil to treat cancer the first thing you need to do is make some diet and lifestyle changes. Cancer cells cannot grow if they find themselves in an alkaline rich body so make sure that your diet is altered accordingly.
Eat more greens and you will have enough plant protein to aid healing efforts that the oil will trigger. In fact, eat as many raw veggies and fruits as you can to increase those chances. Limit meat and dairy products as the proteins they have promote cell growth and stay away from processed white sugar as well. Consume natural sugars such as honey.
If you or a loved one is on hospice care or at the end of the cancer cycle, the cannabis oil can give pain relief, improve sleep and alleviate mood swings. Most dispensaries and store recommend high doses of marijuana for cancer patients but that does not mean you have to take them. It is always a good idea to consult a doctor beforehand.
Cancer is a deadly disease but it does not have to be unbearable. Most prescription drugs for this disease have debilitating side effects that weaken muscle, organs and leave patients shells of their former selves. Before the disease gets serious enough for chemo (which can do more damage than the cancer itself) using natural meds such as cannabis oil can prevent those cells from growing out of control. Prevention is way better than cure in this case.
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