Patients and Doctors alike are not silent in the efforts to eliminate Cancer. With more active research, consistent anecdotal evidence, & numbers to prove it, Cannabis is closer to patients than ever. The fight however, is far from won. Millions still struggle to find access or are relying on age-old misinformation and with current research, benefits can be isolated without the high or other undesired effects.
Cancer is attributed mainly to abnormal cellular reproduction; over-production and old cells that haven’t died off. The current treatments range from radiation and heat, to hormones which all attack the whole body. Even between these options, there is not much difference defined by their damages to the human body.
Modernized studies from the US and predominantly Canada, have demonstrated reliable effects to reduce abnormalities without causing damage to the patient. According to Leafly, the active benefits are derived from the THC and CBD compounds produced in Cannabis: “Cannabidiol (CBD) is known to relieve pain, lower inflammation, and decrease anxiety without the “high” of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis”.
In a test from Penn State, with 7 types of cancer cells, Katie Bohn’s team identified remissions in Colon Cancers from THC. They have since learned that it is through a specific method of consumption that reaches receptors in a way other methods don’t but are unaware which method made the difference. With these cannabinoids, cells stop overproducing and zombie cells finally stay dead. Far more research is needed and while some is performed, its a fight for funding and access. In the mean time, we in a few states have the chance to chill with every fiber of our being.
Written by: Matthew Sheahan