There have been some studies that show that CBD, alone or together with THC, may relieve pain, insomnia, or anxiety, but these studies were not specific to people with cancer. While no studies to date have shown that CBD eases these side effects specifically in people with cancer or people receiving cancer treatment, some people with cancer have reported benefits in taking CBD, such as helping with nausea, vomiting, depression, and other side effects. According to ASCO guidelines, your doctor may consider prescribing cannabinoids for chronic pain management if you live in a state where it is legal. However, ASCO guidelines state that there is not enough evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for preventing nausea and vomiting in people with cancer receiving radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
To date, no large-scale studies have shown CBD to have benefits for the treatment of people with cancer. Most studies that have been done evaluating CBD as a cancer treatment were in mice or in human cells in the lab. For instance, there are some studies that have shown that CBD inhibits the growth of cancer cells in mice with lung cancer or colon cancer. Another study showed that CBD, together with THC, killed glioblastoma cancer cells in the lab. However, no studies have been conducted in people with cancer.
There is currently 1 CBD treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called Epidiolex, which is used to treat a rare and severe form of epilepsy in children. There are not currently any FDA-approved CBD medications for treating cancer or side effects of cancer treatments.
Can CBD help people with cancer?
It is also important to note that some studies have shown that CBD might interfere with how your body processes cancer drugs, called a drug interaction. This might make cancer treatments more toxic or make them less effective. More research is needed on these effects, too. For these reasons, always tell your oncologist if you’re thinking about using CBD before you take it.
Studies to answer this question are underway. Some scientists are studying whether CBD could relieve some of the side effects of cancer and its treatment, such as pain, insomnia, anxiety, or nausea. Other scientists are studying whether CBD could potentially slow or stop the growth of cancer.
You may also be wondering if CBD is legal in your area. Some states allow the sale and possession of cannabis, including CBD and THC, for medical and recreational use. Others have stricter regulations, so state-by-state laws should always be learned before transporting CBD across state lines. Things are more complicated at the federal level. In 2018, the U.S. government recognized that hemp can be grown and manufactured legally as part of the Farm Act. Hemp can be used to make things like rope and clothing, in addition to CBD oil. In other words, hemp is no longer a controlled substance, which means it is not regulated by the government. This means that consumers have to evaluate the safety and quality of CBD products on their own. Some CBD, for example, may have much higher levels of THC than what is labeled.
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of many chemicals found in the cannabis plant. It has been touted in some online forums as an alternative treatment, and even a cure, for many illnesses, including cancer. And, some people with cancer say that CBD has helped them as a complementary therapy in managing their symptoms and side effects from standard cancer treatment.
So all I can say is we don’t know where his cancer is at, but he went from being at deaths door to an extremely healthy almost 85 year old man who is back to doing all the things he loves with an amazing quality of life. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped and supported us on this journey. It is one that I feel privileged to be a part of.
We bought him straight CBD paste and oil and then some very high THC which he needed to take 20 drops of. We thought we should give it to Ash first to try and holy crap.. it was so strong!! Ash basically ended up tripping all night and didn’t sleep and was a mess the next day. I was so worried. How was Dad going be able to take such high amounts of THC and deal with the extreme high it produced? We did more research and found that if it is taken anally or through the rear end that it by-passes the liver and and has no psychoactive effects. (you may need to ask a doctor about the specifics of that) so we tried that the next day with Ash the guinea pig, we mixed the oil down in some coconut MCT oil and put it in a syringe and he took it via the back door…. Voila.. he felt nice and relaxed but wasn’t stoned or tripping out. Great, Dad will be ok with this.
I wanted to share some information on our experience we had recently with my 84 year old Dad who was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell lung cancer in April 2019. This is by no means me stating any of what we did to be a cure but more just wanting to share what we have experienced so far and how my Dad is going.
We were also lucky enough to have another gorgeous friend Danni Sartori who is an incredible acupuncturist and neurolink specialist come in and give Dad some treatments. This was also completely foreign to him but he took it on and really enjoyed it.
We are now in February 2020 and I just got back from Mum and Dad’s place. Since Christmas he has gotten stronger and stronger. His hair has completely grown back.. in fact he has had three haircuts since then. He is back playing golf most days, fishing and getting out into the garden. He and Mum are even planning a trip to NZ together. I can’t describe how much better he looks. To look at him you couldn’t even tell he had cancer. Dad was contacted by his oncologist who just wanted to touch base and was frankly shocked that he was still alive and looking so good. Dad has put on all 6 kilos he lost when he was sick and has vitality and feels amazing within himself. At this stage he doesn’t want to do any tests to see where the cancer is at as he if worried that if it has spread that it will set him back. He said he feels amazing and that is all he needs to know. I am inclined to agree although part of me would love to know if the cancer has gone or halted. The main thing is he got WAY past the initial prognosis of 3 months, then he got to Christmas with flying colours and we are now 11 months past his initial diagnosis and he looks healthier than he has in years. A lady from their home town stopped me recently and said “When your Dad left to go your place in June none of us thought we would see him again.. we still can’t believe it and he looks 20 years younger!” .
Mum and Dad left our place at the start of August and I was still feeling a little apprehensive but he wasn’t getting any worse and from what I can tell he seemed to be getting a little better. Our hope was that he would make it to Christmas but the rest of the family decided to have an early Christmas in August which also celebrated his 84 th birthday and just in case he didn’t get to December. By this stage his hair had started to grow back and he was slowly getting better and better each day.
We have also spoken to a lot of people who had tried the oils and had no success with them but after talking with them realising perhaps they hadn’t had enough. You need A LOT of THC. As I said before Dad was to have 20 drops of very very high THC (2 drops would get me feeling pretty stoned). This is too hard for some people but again we found the suppository method was the best way around this. It’s not glamorous but there are worse ways to treat cancer. So THC at night as much as you can handle just before sleep is best for most people.. Straight CBD when you wake up can also dust off the the “mull over” and fogginess the next day. . We also made our own paste with our good friends from Mullumbimby using the Rick Simpson (RSO) method. To make your own you need at least one big plant and that should get you around 90 days worth of RSO oil. If you can’t make your own I suggest getting in contact with the Nimbin Hemp Embassy via Facebook and chatting with them. I could go on and on but in a nutshell our bodies have what is called an endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a molecular system responsible for regulating and balancing many processes in the body, including immune response, communication between cells, appetite and metabolism, memory. Because CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system, it helps to promote homeostasis in the body, reducing the sensation of pain and inhibiting inflammation. Research into the possible uses of CBD and other cannabis compounds is a growing area of study, meaning the list of potential benefits is likely to grow. But studies have found that it has a massive impact on cancer, Chrone’s disease, MS, fibromyalgia and all sorts of ailments. This is still illegal however some doctors are now prescribing CBD but only if you have exhausted all other legal avenues of treatment first. So in Dad’s case to be illegible for CBD and THC from the doctor he would have had to have had the 6 rounds of chemo and radiation before he would be considered. There is a tonne of info on the internet about CBD and THC so get googling.. Some good sources of info are