Over 70 years ago, during World War II, chemotherapy was introduced as mustard gas was pumped in to cancer patients veins to help stop the growth of cancer cells. While the treatment was successful it caused a lot of harm to the patient’s bodies. Since then doctors have come up with pharmaceutical drugs that are less terrifying than mustard gas but just as effective. The goal of chemotherapy is for the drug to put so much stress on the cancer cell that it can no longer grow and spread. If the chemotherapy is putting so much stress on a cancer cell inside of the body, imagine what is going on with the patient who is undergoing the treatment. Patients experience nausea, hair loss, swollen limbs, weight loss, and emotional and physical stress just to name a few.
With the help of cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid from the cannabis plant, cancer patients can have some relief from the harsh side effects of chemotherapy. Patients can benefit from the effects of CBD by consuming an edible or cbd oil, or even smoking cannabis. It has been proven that CBD has anti-nausea effects by having indirect activations of certain receptors in the brain. Often patients going through chemotherapy experience swelling in their hands and feet. CBD interacts with CB2 in the endocannabinoid to produce an anti-inflammatory effect, therefore reducing swelling in patients. CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system could also help patients regulate appetite and motivate eating to prevent weight loss. While CBD is working on those things it will also help regulate serotonin levels to boost mood and have anti-anxiety effects.
While there are synthetic drugs on the market that emulate the effects of the cannabis plants wonderful natural positive effect, it is always safest to consume something more natural like CBD.
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