Cancer, unfortunately, has a significant global impact on society. It is a diagnosis and a burden many people and families face. Close to 40% of people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.
The National Cancer Institute brings us some good news, however: in 2016, there was an estimated 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. This survival trend is expected to increase to 20.3 million by 2026! Perhaps CBD could encourage this trend by helping cancer patients with their treatments. Let’s explore how CBD may help bring relief.
Cancer describes a collection of related diseases where some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into the surrounding tissues.
It is understandable how the unnatural growth of these cells and its subsequent treatment could produce a host of uncomfortable symptoms, such as fatigue, unexplained joint and muscle pain, trouble breathing, weight changes, and more.
Some uplifting news is that CBD has been shown to help manage these symptoms and provide relief to those suffering from cancer.
Medical News Today states that the majority of scientific evidence suggests that CBD and other cannabis therapies can complement cancer treatments by helping with the following:
- Stimulating Appetite
A common grievance of cancer patients is the nausea and loss of appetite, which makes it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. CBD may be able to stimulate the appetite.
- Pain Relief
Cancer pain is often caused by inflammation, pressure on internal organs, or nerve injury. CBD has been shown to act on the CB2 receptors in the body, which has been shown to provide pain relief by reducing inflammation.
Christopher Visser of Cannabidiol Life shares that while CBD has been shown to be a beneficial complementary therapy to cancer, it is imperative that any medical decisions be made between the patient and their doctor. Please be sure to consult your doctor before implementing CBD into your treatments.