PHARMA UK Blog – CBD Blog Posts
7 Aug 2019
7 Aug 2019
Cancer is a diagnosis everyone dreads to hear because it has the potential to kill. There are over one hundred types of cancer affecting different parts of the body. Cancer describes a collection of diseases where cells in the body divide without stopping. In most cases malignant tumours form which attacks and invades the tissue in our bodies. This is not the case in cancers of the blood such as leukaemia.
The most common forms of cancer affect the breasts, lungs and prostate. 50% of the people diagnosed with cancer survive for a further five years after treatment while some cancers have a 90% survival rate. It is a genetic condition affecting the instructions cells receive from the DNA. People either inherit cancer from their parents or their DNA structure has altered due to environmental influences such as smoking and exposure to radiation.
Treatment for cancer is quite harsh and produces side effects that feel worse than the disease itself. Therefore it is not surprising people seek out alternative treatments that are natural and less evasive. CBD Oil is gaining a lot of popularity because people believe it presents a cure. However, this is not the case because there is no evidence that CBD oil cures cancer. The role it has in cancer treatment is to relieve the pain and side effects of conventional treatment. It is important to continue traditional treatment and discuss the possibility of taking CBD oil to relieve symptoms with your specialist.
What Is Cancer?
Cancer is an umbrella term for a group of conditions where the cells in the body multiply uncontrollably. The cells invade human tissue and may spread around the body. There are over 100 different types of cancer with breast, lung and prostate cancers being the most common. Primary cancer identifies the location in the body where the cell division first started while secondary cancer describes the locations the cancer cells have spread to. There are four main stages of cancer which are denoted by Roman numerals. Stage I means there are cancer cells in one specific area while stage IV describes cancer which has spread to other parts of the body.
Survival rates are much higher if the disease is caught at the early stages. Half of the people who are diagnosed with cancer live for a further five years and in some cancers, the survival rate is 90%. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate compared to other types of cancer. In most cases malignant tumours form which attacks or spread into body tissue. Tumours sometimes attach themselves to blood vessels or the immune system living off the body like a parasite. There are generally no tumours formed in cancers such as Leukaemia which affect the blood.
It is believed to be a genetic condition where you either inherit it from your parents of the structure of your DNA has changed due to environmental influences such as smoking and exposure to radiation. Cancer cells are chaotic and do not respond to instructions from DNA to inform them to stop dividing. Everyone has a different combination of DNA changes that trigger the onset of cancer. This makes it impossible to produce one treatment that cures all of the different types of cancer.
Scientists are working tirelessly to find cures for different forms of cancer. At the moment cancer treatment is harsh and causes many unpleasant side effects which are often more painful than the disease itself. Treatments vary depending on the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is, The first stage involves surgery to remove the tumour this doesn’t always remove all of the cancerous cells so patients require further treatment. These may include one or two of the following; radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, hormone therapy, stem cell transplant and precision medicines.
Treatment for cancer is harsh and causes many painful side effects prompting people to look for alternative treatments. Finding a natural treatment that cures the cancer is akin to the search for the Holy Grail for some people. Sadly we have not found the Holy Grail and neither have we found a magical treatment for cancer. Some people use complementary medicine alongside their traditional treatment to help relieve the following symptoms; pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, anxiety and sleep deprivation.
CBD Oil And Cancer
CBD oil is a complementary cancer treatment which means that it used at the same time as conventional treatment. There is no evidence that it stops cell growth and cures cancer. Manufacturers of some complementary medicines increase the profile of their product by wrongly claiming that it provides a cure for cancer. This gives false hope to cancer patients and may even cause them to stop conventional treatment altogether with fatal consequences. CBD oil and other complementary medicines do not cure cancer.
CBD oil is derived from the flower petals of the cannabis plant. It is made from cannabidiol which does not contain THC which causes the psychotropic effect. Limited studies show that people suffering from cancer benefit from supplementing their treatment with CBD oil. This is not because it cures cancer and destroys cancer sells. It is due to the therapeutic effect it has on pain, appetite changes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sleep disturbance and anxiety.
It is extremely important that you do not stop your cancer treatment in favour of CBD oil alone. If you decide you would like to try CBD oil to relieve pain and side effects of cancer treatment you must talk to your specialist who will advise you how to use CBD oil.
If you would like to find out more about CBD oil to treat a health condition contact us and we would be happy to provide a consultation.
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