What are cannabinoids?
There is definitely been advancement in cannabis and respective cannabinoids being a key in reducing the effects that cancer has on people. In recent news, research has shown that cannabinoids, compounds found in cannabis, are known to be an incredible tool in the fight against some of the most aggressive cancer symptoms today. First, what does the chemical compound cannabinoid do to the human body? The chemical components of cannabis, called cannabinoids, activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects, particularly in the central nervous system and the immune system. These compounds have been proven to benefit cancer patients through the use of CBD and THC found in cannabis.
How can cannabis help people with cancer?
Results of recent studies with regards to cannabis use in cancer patients has been promising. As follows, a number of studies have showed that those who smoked weed found that it can be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy. A few studies have found that inhaled (smoked or vaporized) cannabis can be helpful in treatment of neuropathic pain (pain caused by damaged nerves). Cannabis has also helped improve food intake in HIV patients in many studies. Studies have also long shown that people who consumed pot whether smoked or via cannabis extracts in clinical trials tended to need less pain medicine.
How is CBD useful for cancer?
More recently, scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD, can slow the growth and/or cause of death in certain types of cancer cells growing in laboratory dishes. Some animal studies also suggested certain cannabinoids may slow the growth and reduce the spread of some forms of cancer. However even with all of this data and results from trails with and without patients there are currently only two approved cannabis based drugs available in fully chemical compounds.
Current FDA approved cannabis-related pharmaceuticals
Dronabinol (Marinol®) is a gelatin capsule containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that’s approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy as well as weight loss and poor appetite in patients with AIDS.
Nabilone (Cesamet®) is a synthetic cannabinoid that acts much like THC. It can be taken by mouth to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy when other drugs have not worked.