Breast Cancer and Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids have been used for many years in cancer therapy. A study has shown promise and positive correlation between the treatment of breast cancer with the use of cannabis, specifically with doses of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD.

A study by the Ohio State University Medical Center has shown promise and positive correlation between the treatment of breast cancer with the use of cannabis, specifically with doses of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD.

CANCER CELL CHARACTERIZATION: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT BREAST CANCER

Changes or mutations in DNA can cause normal breast cells to become cancerous. Breast cancer can spread when the cancer cells get into the blood or lymph system and are carried to other parts of the body. The lymph system is a network of lymph vessels found throughout the body that connect lymph nodes (small collections of immune system cells). The clear fluid inside the lymph vessels, called lymph, contains tissue by-products and waste material, as well as immune system cells. The lymph vessels carry lymph fluid away from the breast. In the case of breast cancer, cancer cells can enter the lymph vessels and start to grow in lymph nodes. If cancer cells have spread to your lymph nodes, there is a higher chance that the cells could have traveled through the lymph system and spread (metastasized) to other parts of your body.

HOW CBD HELPS BREAST CANCER PATIENTS

The study suggests that CBD significantly inhibits the proliferation of cancer cells induced by epidermal growth factor (EGF). EGF promotes cell growth and differentiation. This means that CBD may have the ability to inhibit tumor growth, metastasis, and modulate cancer microenvironment -- all good news for advancement in treating aggressive, drug-resistant breast cancer cells.

TREATING BREAST CANCER WITH CBD

It is important to note that chemotherapy is still the first line of defense in many cancer treatments. Cancer treatments vary by diagnosis and prognosis and should always be discussed with your oncologist.

Cannabinoids have been used for many years in cancer therapy. This is due, in large part, to the success some patients have seen in mitigating symptoms of conventional cancer therapy and treatment and its development as a potent complement to such treatments. Furthermore, the study on CBD and its ability to inhibit cancer cell growth and migration in TNBC breast cancer cells suggests that the cannabinoid may have the potential to be used as an anti-tumor drug while remaining anti-invasive.

APOPTOSIS – CELL DEATH

The study out of the Ohio State University Medical Center has provided evidence that cannabinoids, such as CBD, can trigger apoptosis. What does this mean? Apoptosis is essentially cell suicide. Your body already has this mechanism in place, but cancer overpowers the system and does not allow your body to effectively fight back. Cannabinoids may trigger your body’s mechanism to target the bad cells, and cell death of these diseased cells follows.

CHEMOTHERAPY SYMPTOM MITIGATION

  • Modulate pain
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Cell growth inhibition
  • Apoptotic effects

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR CANCER PATIENTS?

Cannabis can help reduce painful symptoms associated with conventional cancer treatment while supplementing the body’s healing process. Because bad cells along with good cells are attacked during chemotherapy, the most powerful source of healing is through sleep. Cannabis may aid in sleep and restoration of good cells while inhibiting the growth of bad cells.

As stated before, always consult your healthcare provider before changing the course of any medical treatment. All treatments are unique to individuals as well as reactions and tolerance to cannabis. The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA and should not be construed as medical advice.