Cannabinoids are effective in treating cancer

Forget Placebos, Cannabinoids Prove Effective in Cancer Treatment

Countless patients have found cannabinoids a powerful ally in their effort to combat cancer and its debilitating side effects. While more studies are needed, those patients and their families can rest easier: It’s not wishful, placebo thinking. CBD and similar substances are effective in treating particular ailments plaguing cancer patients — like the pain and inflammation they endure — according to a review published in the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design

The researchers surveyed hundreds of research articles and clinical studies on cannabinoids, inflammation and cancer. Their review highlights how cannabinoids influence cell functioning as effective treatment of cancer-related side effects. 

The role endogenous cannabinoids — or cannabinoids produced by the body — play in maintaining overall health and balance in the body is already well documented.

Cannabinoids have shown to be particularly effective in treating cancers such as lung, breast, pancreas, hepatic and colorectal, etc.

Endocannabinoid receptors are present almost everywhere in the body, including in every vertebrae, the brain, organs and immune cells. They interact with the immune and nervous systems as a messenger between the brain and rest of the body, helping keep the body in a state of homeostasis — or a relatively normal, functioning condition.

“By understanding this system, we begin to see a mechanism that could connect brain activity and states of physical health and disease,” a Cerebrum journal entry from as far back as 2013 notes. 

Phytocannabinoids — those produced by the hemp plant — as well as synthetic cannabinoids, have proven effective in interacting with the body’s cannabinoid receptors for “the treatment of inflammatory diseases including neurodegenerative diseases as well as gastrointestinal and respiratory inflammations,” according to the review

Cannabinoids have shown to be particularly effective in treating cancers such as lung, breast, pancreas, hepatic and colorectal, etc. 

The review notes cannabinoids effectiveness in cancer treatment is distinguished by their ability to prevent the spread and production of cancer cells.

Sydney Fordice is a photojournalist (student; University of Georgia). She's a contributor with the The Red & Black, the student-run newspaper in Athens, Ga. In her free time, she's a spin instructor and loves to travel.

Sydney Fordice is a photojournalist (student; University of Georgia). She's a contributor with the The Red & Black, the student-run newspaper in Athens, Ga. In her free time, she's a spin instructor and loves to travel.

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