The use of cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming common. People use it for pain relief, skin problems, to reduce depression and anxiety, treat inflammation and more. But is it possible to use CBD for cancer? This is still a controversial question. Studies are going on in the medical field for finding the potential of cannabidiol for treating cancer. But from the available information, it can be comprehended that CBD can be used to treat some cancer symptoms and also for relieving the side effects caused by various cancer treatments.
Through this article, we list some possibilities of using CBD for cancer. But it is very limited and you will have to consult an expert before using CBD for relieving any symptoms.
CBD as a complementary cancer treatment
Usually, treatments used for cancer like chemotherapy and radiation create a lot of side effects including hair loss, loss of appetite, nausea, etc. Some studies suggest that CBD can be helpful in easing the symptoms like nausea, neuropathic pain and poor appetite that are caused by both cancer and cancer treatments. It can also be used for relieving anxiety and inflammation.
However, no CBD products or medicines have gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of cancer. The one product that got approval is Epidiolex, which is used for treating two rare forms of epilepsy.
On the other hand, two drugs which are based on marijuana got approval for the treatment of vomiting and nausea caused by chemotherapy. These two drugs are Dronabinol (Marinol) and Nabilone (Cesamet). The first one comes in capsule form and includes THC, whereas, the later contains an oral synthetic cannabinoid which acts similar to THC.
CBD as a cancer preventive
The research conducted to find the effect of CBD for cancer prevention shows mixed results. Some studies suggest that it can suppress the growth of cancer cells and thereby, helps to control the cancer symptoms. However, some other studies show that the use of CBD along with THC can trigger cancer.
It will need a lot of further studies to establish the effectiveness of cannabidiol for cancer prevention. Hopefully, this can become an alternative for cancer treatment and prevention and can avoid the use of devastating cancer treatments like radiation, chemotherapy, etc. This compound may also help in the prevention of this fatal disease in the future.
Side effects of CBD
Generally, CBD products are considered to be safe without many side effects. However, it can also cause some problems in some particular cases. Some of the common side effects associated with CBD are appetite changes, tiredness, diarrhea, weight changes, etc. But more research is needed to find the real effect of CBD and various problems associated with it.