How Does Cannabis Help Cancer
With all the juicy headlines in the media and everything
Well first, you need to know the history of Cannabis. As crazy as it sounds there was a time many many years ago when Marijuana wasn’t illegal and people weren’t harshly punished for having possession of or selling it, and no one judged you for using this harmless plant.
According to an article on livescience.com “Marijuana’s History: How One Plant Spread Through The World”, the first record of the drug’s medicinal use dates back to 4000 B.C and was mainly found in China. Back then it was mainly used as an anesthetic when patients would undergo surgery.
And after that somewhere between 2000 B.C and 1400 B.C is when it began spreading from Asia into middle eastern Europe where it was then known as the “release from anxiety”. The point of all this is to say that Marijuana has been used as a medicine or as a meditation method for many years, and it wasn’t until 1937, when the U.S government passed the Marijuana Tax Act, sending people to prison for using and selling cannabis.
The kicker is that just a few years later in 1941, they removed Marijuana from the U.S Pharmacopoeia, meaning that the medicinal benefits were no longer recognized in the United States, and professors and scientists were pretty much forbidden to do research on the drug because it was listed as a Schedule 1 Drug.
How Patients Feel After Using Cannabis Products
Since some of the recent laws have changed giving scientists more access to do research on the effects of cannabis and how it helps cancer patients, most studies have shown that the chemicals found in marijuana could lead to a breakthrough in the treatment for cancer patients.
There are 2 different compounds found in Cannabis:
- Delta 9 tetrahydrocannibinol (THC)
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
THC is reported to act as a pain reliever, it helps with reducing inflammation, and can help with anxiety. CBD helps patients who suffer from seizures and can help with paranoia and anxiety. To be honest there really isn’t a difference between the 2 chemicals except for the fact that CBD doesn’t give you that “high” feeling that you get with THC.
That itself is pretty impressive, but the biggest discovery was made by a Spanish microbiologist who was the first person to notice that CBD acted as an anti-cancer agent because it would slowly disrupt the cancer cells communication between each other, and can help speed up the process of killing off the infected cells by shutting off some of the cellular growth receptors.
THC has been found to reduce the growth of cancer tumors.
As you can see, even if not every single patient feels the positive benefits of smoking cannabis, many patients DO and it has been proven to have critical medicinal value to so many cancer patients all over the country.
So, there’s no doubt in my mind that literally 100% of people should at least support the use of medicinal marijuana because it helps cancer patients in so many different ways, and we’re barely learning the effects it has, there could be more.