There’s not yet a complete cure for cancer, but cannabis can help fight it
The use of cannabidiol (CBD) has attracted a lot of attention in recent years due to its potential therapeutic properties, especially for the management of complications and symptoms inherent to different types of cancer. Day by day, there is a clearer picture of the potential that this famous compound can have on the quality of life of this type of patient.
Nausea and vomiting are very common side effects of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy drugs cause nausea through the supposed excessive production of serotonin in specialized enterochromaffin cells. CBD has the ability to reduce symptoms in patients undergoing chemotherapy by binding to 5-HT receptors and blocking the action of serotonin.
This suggests that CBD plays a role in controlling nausea and vomiting by providing a balance in the medulla oblongata (lower brain stem) which is known as the vomiting center. People with cancer can have a more pleasant day-to-day life knowing that their visits to the bathroom will be fewer.
Chemotherapy drugs are well known to cause anorexia (loss of appetite), which is partly due to their effects on the serotonin signaling system. CBD can effectively do the work of ghrelin by activating the receptors and directly stimulating the brain to produce the sensation of hunger.
Diarrhea can be a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and can also be a direct symptom of various types of cancer. Cannabinoids have been shown to reduce the symptoms of secretory diarrhea. It does this by agonizing CB1 receptors in the GI tract, thereby aiding in the regulation of intestinal motility and secretions.
Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy often report pain, including headaches, muscle aches, stomach pain and neuralgia (nerve pain). Cannabis is widely used in the treatment of chronic pain resulting from a wide variety of conditions, not limited to cancer. CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation is of vital importance in the treatment of pain arising from chemotherapy.