Even though the FDA has not approved using hemp oil for cancer, there is a growing mountain of anecdotal and scientific evidence that hemp oil helps cancer patients deal with pain as well as directly defeat cancer cells. There is a difference between hemp and marijuana. All cannabis plants will produce cannabinoids, including THC, which is the substance that creates the feeling of euphoria experienced by marijuana consumers. However, a hemp plant contains more CBD, or cannabidiol, which has more healing properties. Hemp has THC levels of less than 0.3%, which is not enough to get you “high.”
Hemp oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea benefits, and there is some research to show that it can help prevent nerve damage or loss. Hemp stimulates two different types of cannabinoid receptors in the body: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are dominate and are located on nerve cells in the brain, central nervous system, and spinal cord. When cannabinoids interact with these receptors, it can relieve symptoms of sleep disorders, depression, vomiting, nausea, and chronic pain regulation. CB2 receptors are found in white blood cells throughout the entire body, and these receptors provide therapeutic benefits.
Hemp oil for cancer may be able to kill off some cancer cells because there is a shift in the mitochondria when it connects to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which helps kill cancer cells. When it connects to the CB1 or CB2 connectors, it will increase the production of ceramide. The production of ceramide disrupts the cell’s digestive system and the cell does not have nutrients for cell function. With continued use, there is a buildup of ceramide in the system, which will continue to change the cancer cells but not the regular cells. Studies in mice have shown that cannabinoids can protect against inflammation of the colon and have the potential of reducing the risk of colon cancer.
While the research suggests that this could kill cancer cells, there is also research to show that hemp oil cancer treatment can help some of the symptoms of chemotherapy. Animal studies have shown that a hemp oil cancer treatment can help stimulate the appetite and increase food intake. Those going through the chemotherapy process tend to feel nauseous and don’t have a large appetite to want to eat and keep up strength. Animal studies have also shown that canabinoids can act on cannabinoid receptors to help prevent vomiting that can occur with chemotherapy.
Cannabinoids have also been shown to help with pain relief. Small clinical trials showed that hemp oil can help relieve pain associated with cancer. One study showed that hemp oil could be given in doses that provided pain relief that was comparable to codeine. Another study showed that cannabinoids sprayed under the tongue were effective in patients with advanced stages of cancer, and that their pain was not effaced by strong opioids alone. Some studies also show that hemp oil can reduce anxiety in patients and give them an improved sense of wellbeing, which is necessary when going through cancer treatment.
NuGeneration XHP sells premium quality, pure hemp oil created from plants grown in Middle Tennessee. For those dealing with cancer, we recommend a higher dosage in the 1000 – 2000 milligram range.