Craig Meyers , a professor of microbiology and immunology at Penn State College of Medicine explained, “ Chemical disinfectants used in the hospitals and other healthcare settings have absolutely no effect on killing human papillomavirus…unless bleach or autoclaving is used in the hospital setting, human papillomavirus is not being killed and there is a potential spread of HPV through hospital acquired or instrument or tool infection.”
Citing the same method of apoptosis, researchers found that CBD could be considered anticarcinogenic for cervical cancer. The data further illustrated that, “cannabidiol rather than cannabis sativa crude extracts prevent cell growth and induced cell death in cervical cancer cell lines.” Could cannabis hurt head and neck cancers while CBD kills cancer cells in the cervix?
Understanding HPV’s infectivity
Additionally, in 2014, Penn State further researched earlier findings, discovering that unless a special method of cleaning instruments (autoclaving) or bleach was present, HPV was persistent on surfaces and was able to be transmitted. While still cited as a “sexually-transmitted infection,” HPV appears to be anything but.
In the study, Califano III cited that THC turned on the p38 MAPK, (protein that respond to stress or other stimuli) and while the protein was signaled on, HPV-positive head and neck cancer lost apoptosis (a form of cell death.) Meaning, THC seemed to ignite the protein that allowed HPV to continue growing at an alarming rate. Citing the study as a, “cautionary tale,” Califano III is now heading a study to see if CBD has the same effect.
Often called the common cold of the sexual world, the Centers for Disease Control states that HPV has infected over 79 million individuals worldwide. Both prevalent and highly contagious, HPV tends to thrive on porous skin located in the throat, anal cavity, cervix and tongue, making it extremely difficult to test and eradicate around the world.
When testing in test tubes and Petri dishes, they found that cannabidiol and cannabis sativa L both stopped the cancer cells from dividing and spreading as well as killing off the cancer cells. They also noted that cannabidiol was more effective than the cannabis sativa L plant which contains THC.
Your cervix is a cylinder-shaped area of tissue that connects the uterus and the vagina. The area that can be seen through the vagina during pelvic exams is called the ectocervix, and the tube that goes through the cervix is called the endocervix. There is an overlapping border between the ectocervix and the endocervix called the transformation zone.
Chemotherapy is when they give you an anti-cancer drug orally or in your veins, and it reaches everywhere in your body. In some cases, chemotherapy and radiation are used to combat cervical cancer.
Radiation therapy is when they use high energy x-rays or radioactive particles to kill off cancer cells. This can be used as the solitary treatment or is coupled with surgery or chemotherapy. The side-effects of this type of therapy are fatigue, upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, and skin changes.
In rodent model studies, they have seen that cannabidiol may be able to help stop the invasion of cancer cells in the cervix. This leads scientists to believe that CBD may be able to help eradicate cervical cancer altogether, but more studies are needed.
This is when the cervix and part of the vagina are removed. The surgeon will create an artificial opening at the uterus so the woman can still have children.
Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of death from cancer in women until the last forty years. Even though fatalities are declining significantly, it can still progress into a dangerous disease. Studies show that CBD oil may be able to help with cervical cancer, which could make getting rid of this sickness easier than when traditional methods are used.