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CBD Shows Promise for Treating Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer has stymied scientists and doctors across the globe — worldwide, it’s the 10th most deadly cancer — and they’ve been desperately searching for more therapeutic drugs, along with a better way to deliver treatments, like chemotherapy drugs, to treat this disease. After studying CBD (technically cannabidiol), researchers now see life-saving promise in cannabis for bladder cancer patients. 

In a study published in Pharmaceutics, researchers announced they may have made a huge breakthrough. 

“We believe that our study makes a significant contribution to the field because these results can be developed as a promising strategy for a safer and more efficient anticancer therapy,” the 11 researchers from Shanghai’s East China University of Science and Technology write. 

Bladder cancer is less commonly researched than other forms of the disease. It’s a sensitive and hard region for doctors to treat due to the sensitive and active area being treated. 

“CBD is a potential chemotherapy drug, but how to increase its utilization in the bladder has become a new challenge. To the best of our knowledge, the residence of free drugs inside the bladder is short due to periodic urination,” the authors write.  

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The researchers treated bladder cancer (BC) cells with CBD for 48 hours and “several experiments proved that CBD promoted BC cells… death.” 

The research is titled “Cannabidiol Effectively Promoted Cell Death in Bladder Cancer and the Improved Intravesical Adhesion Drugs Delivery Strategy Could Be Better Used for Treatment.”

With so few promising studies done on treating bladder cancer, more research is needed, but these scientists are ecstatic with their findings thus far. 

“In summary, this work demonstrates that CBD may become a novel reliable anticancer drug,” the team concluded, “and the developed intravesical adhesion system [how the drug is delivered to the bladder wall] is expected to turn into a potential means of BC chemotherapy drug delivery.”

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