Cannabidiol (CBD) More research on Medical Cannabis and cancer is underway as scientists continue to show a relationship between the marijuana plant’s ability to manipulate the endocannabinoid system and produce beneficial results for those suffering from the disease. Even Cancer.gov has begun regularly posting in its “treatment” section about the plant, including many links to studies on marijuana’s benefits for cancer patients. Although THC (a primary cannabinoid) and the plant as a whole continue to receive the most attention, the website mentions Cannabidiol (CBD), the other primary cannabinoid, plenty.
CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana, and does not produce the “high” associated with smoking marijuana. THC does.
Back in 2011, British Journal of Pharmacology published a study demonstrating considerable evidence that “manipulation of the endocannabinoid system regulates nausea and vomiting in humans and other animals.” Specifically, they stated, “the primary non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, Cannabidiol (CBD), also suppresses nausea and vomiting within a limited dose range.” Because of studies like these, many cancer survivors nationally are speaking openly about their experience with Cannabidiol.
One story that’s recently been shared is that of breast cancer survivor Meghan Koziel.
Meghan is known by many as “She Sparkles On,” an initiative focused on empowering women and helping them to gain confidence throughout their battle with cancer. At the very young age of 26, Meghan suspected that there was a growing lump on her breast, and after months of asking for doctor’s to consider its severity, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She knew she was going to fight this as hard as she could and like most patients who receive the diagnosis, Meghan selected the regimen that she and her doctors’ felt would be most successful. This included chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Unfortunately, this intense treatment plan also has many side effects.
Some common side effects from cancer treatment include alopecia, weight loss, joint pain and discomfort, neuropathy, anxiety, sleep issues, nausea, vomiting and vitamin deficiencies. Because of how debilitating these side effects can be, many patients will seek nontraditional treatments to help combat their reactions.
There are a number of patients who are first introduced to cannabis when they’re looking for alternative medicine to help with their side effects. This was the case for Meghan. “In my mind… if I did research and utilized nontraditional treatments with traditional measures, I would have a better chance at fighting the side effects and ultimately winning my battle against cancer, right,” she shared. Meghan researched all possible treatments, traditional and homeopathic, but it was her sister who was living in California who introduced her to Cannabis.
Meghan immediately shot down the idea of using the plant, as do many people who do not want to get high. She has asthma and lives in a state where it was then illegal. Meghan was unwilling and uninterested in taking this risk. She was later introduced to master grower Twompson Prater. Twompson is the founder of Rx Canna Care, a company that sells Pure USA Grown, co2 extracted; Full spectrum CBD oil and skin care using whole flower and not hemp.
At the same time that Meghan was entering into her cancer battle, Twompson was experimenting with extracting CBD(Cannabidiol) from his plants and incorporating it into creams (Canna Cream). His products do not contain THC and therefore are legal in the United States.
On her website, Meghan shares a particular study that led her to using CBD. This study demonstrated the interaction between CBD and the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor, the same receptor that is also involved in processes including pain, appetite, nausea and anxiety, sleep, and addiction.
During her treatment, Meghan used CBD in a tincture of oil orally throughout 12 rounds of intensive chemotherapy. She attributes this treatment to never throwing up, having an appetite, and also never had a drop in blood cell counts. The biggest benefit Meghan found was using CBD during 30 rounds of radiation. “I never burned through full chest radiation,” she shared.
Meghan is not alone. More cancer survivors like her are beginning to speak publicly about using CBD during treatment as research is being published demonstrating its positive outcomes for patients battling this terrible disease.
Cancer survivors and advocates like Meghan Koziel are beginning to speak publically about using Cannabis-based products as research is being published demonstrating that the primary non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, Cannabidiol (CBD) may suppress nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy.