Study Shows That CBD From Marijuana Plus Chemotherapy May Triple Cancer Survival Rates In Mice

CBD, pancreatic cancer, marijuana

The health benefits and legality of marijuana remains heavily under debate, making results from testing medicinal marijuana exceptionally interesting to the public, both results that are positive and negative.

CBD And Pancreatic Cancer

A recent study just revealed that mice suffering from pancreatic cancer that have been treated with a combination of cannabidiol (CBD) and chemotherapy survived nearly three times longer than the mice that were treated with chemotherapy alone (1, 2). This study spotlights the potentiality of utilizing these techniques in human treatments, suggesting that medical marijuana could actually be beneficial to the fight on cancer (1, 2).

CBD, which is the non-psychoactive and non-intoxicating compound found in marijuana, has been continually proven to show improved side effects of chemotherapy (1). CBD has showed significant improvements on nausea and vomiting side effects that tends to occur amongst chemotherapy patients (1). The testing results provide a significant increase in justification for testing on humans, as it has uncovered possible cancer combative properties found in the CBD compound (1, 3).

What’s Next For CBD Studies?

According to the study’s lead researcher, Marco Falasca from Queen Mary University of London, “Cannabidiol is already approved for use in clinics (in the UK), which means we can quickly go on to test this in human clinical trials” (1). While these trials involving the CBD as a treatment for cancer on humans can move much faster in the United Kingdom, similar efforts generally face much more complicated obstacles in the United States (1).

For instance, CBD derived from marijuana remains to be considered an illegal substance under federal law in America (4). That isn’t to say that progress is impossible, especially since the United States FDA just recently approved the very first drug compromise of CBD, intending it to be used to treat severe cases of epilepsy (1).

Cancer is one of the leading causes of unpreventable deaths, and pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest forms of cancer in the world in terms of survival rates (1). The American Cancer Society explains that with all of the stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the one-year survival rate is around 20% and the five-year survival rate levels out at just under 7% (5). Utilizing CBD to change these statistics for the better could ultimately revolutionize the battle on cancer, saving an untold number of lives.

Conclusion

Even though this study has not yet been implemented on human cases, the positive results clearly show the incredible importance of a continuation of medical marijuana-related research (1). As the push for legalization continues, more and more studies are being linked to the positive effects of marijuana compounds, including the ease of migraines, improvement of stroke recovery, decrease of seizure severity, and more (1). The more researchers, scientists, and doctors are able to learn about the potential benefits of these compounds, the clearer the positive effects seem to be (1).

Written by Abbey Ryan-Elder

References

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2018/07/31/study-cbd-from-marijuana-plus-chemotherapy-triples-cancer-survival-rates-in-mice/#415fd8674630
  2. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41388-018-0390-1
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22506672
  4. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2017/02/06/cannabidiol-illegal-and-always-has-been/
  5. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/pancreatic-cancer.html
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