What is Medical Cannabis?
Medical use of cannabis is not a new phenomenon as the history of health benefits of medical cannabis goes back to thousands of years ago when old medicinal journals in Chinese and Hindi described the medical use of cannabis. There are also written data from the Middle East about the use of cannabis to cure neurological disease. However, In Europe, it took longer for people to become aware of the medical benefits of cannabis. Cannabis as a pain reliever and sedative was initially used in the Napoleonic era. It was also reported that Queen Victoria used cannabis for her period pains.
Nowadays there are tons of stories circulating on the internet about the health benefits of cannabis. Additionally, several real-life success stories show how cannabis leads to complete remission of several major diseases including epilepsy, cancer, sclerosis, schizophrenia, type 2 diabetes, asthma, arthritis, hepatitis c, etc. However, one must distinguish between using medicines containing cannabis and cannabis as a medicine.
There is no doubt that the marijuana plant contains several chemicals that, if injected in the body impact various body receptors related to the endocannabinoid system. Drugs containing marijuana plant chemicals are known to be used for strengthening the immune system and restoring body balance both in humans and animals. Even though this topic is highly controversial, numerous research studies have suggested that cannabis-based medicines are proven to have a positive impact on treating chronic pain. The use of cannabis-based medicines is very limited in Europe. However, more recently it was reported that the US Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to a cannabis-based drug for the first time.
Cannabis as Medicine (Medical Cannabis)
Besides cannabis-based medicines, natural cannabis has been used around the world as a medicine mainly in the form of sedative and analgesic. Nowadays cannabis is used as a medicine to cure several diseases including cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, insomnia, epilepsy. Since cannabinoids directly impact the endocannabinoid system, people also use medical cannabis to treat other diseases. Some of them include back problems, menstrual pain, chronic pains as well as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and alcoholism.
Can Cannabis Treat Cancer
Due to the fact that it is too sensitive to say that medical cannabis can cure cancer, we will review several research studies and you can come to your own conclusion based on findings and results.
Cancer is used as a generic term for every cell in the body that grows in an uncontrolled manner and it brings harm to the body. It is reported that the first official studies on the use of medical cannabis to fight cancer appeared in the 1970s. Nowadays there is a lot of research going on around the world. Several laboratory studies have documented that medical cannabis has a positive effect on cancer therapy. Since cancer causes cells to divide uncontrollably, some research has shown that cannabinoids stop the ability of cancer cells to divide and multiply. Other studies have also shown that cannabinoids can cause kill cancer cells preventing tumor growth while protecting normal cells.
Research Studies on using Medical Cannabis for Cancer Treatment
There are several studies showing that it may be useful to combine chemotherapy with radiotherapy and medical use of cannabis. Cannabis is not only known for its pain killing, nausea-reducing, and appetite-regulating ability as there also seems to be other positive synergies from this combination. Unfortunately, since chemotherapy and radiation in the fight against cancer cells always attack healthy cells, it can easily lead to inflammation in the body. Among other things, CBD oil is known for its potent anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and can thus help combat these inflammations in the body that typically occur in conventional cancer treatment.
Nowadays there are different types of cancers, and just because cannabis has a beneficial effect on one type of cancer does not necessarily mean that it should also have a positive impact on another type of cancer. In order to know whether cannabis should be used for the treatment of a certain type of cancer, it is necessary that scientist build a new model for cancer research in the years to come.