Andrea Mathias Schmucki, MD, patient advocate, Living Beyond Breast Cancer Hear My Voice advocacy program.
If you’re taking certain medications like blood thinners and thyroid and seizure medications, you’ll need periodic blood tests to make sure your levels are where they should be. If you’re on a medication like this and you’re going to use CBD products, Mathias Schmucki says, your doctor will need to monitor you to make sure your levels stay on track. “Everybody’s different, so you won’t really know how CBD will affect your body’s metabolism of other medications,” she says.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Cannabis (Marijuana) and Cannabinoids: What You Need to Know.”
The Future of CBD
If you’re being treated for breast cancer, you’ve probably had some side effects like pain, fatigue, nausea, discomfort, and anxiety. Maybe you’ve heard other people with the disease talk about using CBD products to ease these symptoms — or you’ve run across CBD at your local gas station or drug store. But what exactly is CBD? How does it work? And can it really help people who have breast cancer?
“I tell my doctors that I’m not holding them responsible for my decision to use CBD, but I want them to know this is a choice I’m making,” Mathias Schmucki says. “I’m giving them information they need to provide the best care that they can.”
Weiss offers these cautions:
For Mathias Schmucki, finding a company that provided a COA with all this information was a must. She says there are several online companies that send it with every product. “The companies with the best reputations will often have very robust websites with educational resources,” she says, so look for these.
Pain is another symptom suffered by cancer patients, stemming from both cancer itself and the treatments offered for the condition. Cannabis has been used for its analgesic effects for centuries. One study has shown that CBD and other cannabinoids might be effective in the relief of cancer pain.
CBD can be beneficial as a part of any cancer treatment. Of course, patients may want to be aware that CBD may cause certain side-effects.
With nausea that comes with both cancer itself and the various medicinal treatments for the condition, maintaining a healthy weight can be difficult for patients. While CBD alone has not been shown to increase appetite, whole plant or full spectrum CBD oil can work to increase appetite.
Anxiety and Sleep
Another study showed that CBD showed a chemopreventive effect in mice models of colorectal cancer. Further, in studies regarding in vitro colorectal cancer cells, it was discovered that CBD protected DNA from oxidative damage, increased endocannabinoid levels, and reduced cell proliferation.
Without treatment, cancer is unlikely to go away on its own. While treatments can vary depending on the kind of cancer, many of the treatments are similar. They also can produce symptoms that are similar to, and in many cases, worse than, cancer itself.
While no trials have been conducted as of yet in humans, animal studies have shown CBD to be effective in the following:
Cannabis has several compounds known as cannabinoids. Two of these cannabinoids have received much attention as treatments for numerous ailments: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Cancer is no exception, and, while THC has been shown to inhibit tumor growth in certain kinds of cancer, CBD is not psychoactive and so scientists and medical professionals are looking to this beneficial cannabinoid to see how it may help to treat cancer.