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CBD and the treatment of Breast Cancer

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Did you know that nearly 13% of all women will develop breast cancer at some point during their lifetime?

This is one of the most tragic conditions faced by society today. There are already more than 3 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States alone. While that’s good news, it’s also bad news if you think of it simply in terms of the number of people affected by this terrible and tragic disease.

There is no question that this is one of the most common cancerous conditions. While contained to the breast tissue, breast cancer actually poses relatively few threats to the body’s overall health. However, it can also metastasize readily into many different far more deadly versions of cancer.

Research has shown that breast cancer is intimately tied into the hormone signaling systems of the body, which is why augmentation or reduction of hormones is a common therapy plan to treat many various cancers of a reproductive nature. Thankfully, breast cancer has a relatively high survival rate at present. But for those with late stage cancers, CBD is starting to show itself as a novel treatment option.

CBD and Breast Cancer

As most readers will know, cancer is a broadly stretched umbrella concept that has a wide variety of specific focus points. The defining concept in this umbrella is that of the expression of a mutated gene. In short, the mutation causes the gene to behave badly. In most cases the encoding failure driven by the mutation doesn’t have any effect on the body at all.

However, in some cases, the mutation becomes encoded and causes tissue to behave highly abnormally, resulting in unrestricted growth known as a tumor.

In the case of breast cancer, the particular gene that is known to be the one responsible for most often behaving badly is called ID-1. The protein encoded by this gene triggers a waterfall of functions and effects that result in unrestrained tissue proliferation.

Fetuses benefit from this process because it allows for rapid development of various important tissue systems in the body. Generally speaking, this gene is expressed dramatically prevalently during the second trimester of gestative development, and begins to disappear shortly after.

However, when this protein is generated en masse in an adult, it contributes to metastatic cancer situations.

Interestingly, recent research suggests that CBD may have extremely powerful inhibitory effects on the transcription of this precise gene. While this research is still in its very early stages, and very little is known for certain, and nothing may ever actually come from this, it is also important to understand that, when faced with such a terrible situation as a metastatic cancer diagnosis, it is important that we turn down every possible road.

Naturally, patients faced with these situations should unquestionably turn to established medical science first. We unquestionably suggest that you trust your doctor and do precisely what your doctor tells you to do.

However, it is also important to recognize the potential for novel new elements that can be featured in a future equation for treating this terrible condition. And CBD could be one such interesting new player on that playing field.

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How Medical Marijuana Treats Pain

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It has become a rather well-known fact that products of the cannabis plant are a staunch ally in the battle against chronic pain. However, for most consumers of medical marijuana for pain, it may still be a mystery as to how this is the case. In the piece below, we’re going to explore exactly that.

Cannabis: THC Versus CBD

Research into the human body and into the cannabis plant has revealed that there are cannabinoid chemicals that occur naturally in the human physiological structure. As such, when people take THC into their body, the cannabinoid receptors found in the human brain respond. The response from these receptors is a triggering of what we might call “the brain’s reward system”. This results in a reduction of pain levels throughout the body. It is also important to understand that THC happens to be a psychoactive compound: it binds to the receptors and produces a psychoactive effect in the brain that is commonly known as being “high”.

Alternatively, CBD does not produce this high. However, it does interact with the pain receptors and exerts some pain relief as well. Turning to the research over the recent years, a number of pieces of research have been released that focus specifically on the impact of marijuana on chronic states of pain. Some of this research has focused on aspects of the cannabis plant in particular, while other research focuses on the plant as a whole. At this point, the main understanding to emerge is that a holistic use of the cannabis plant may provide advantages that are not found when using only certain parts of the cannabis plant. This principle is known as “the entourage effect”.

One 2015 study that focused on the use of marijuana and cannabinoids in combination for chronic pain conditions showed that there was an enormously positive response to this treatment schedule over the course of several subject trials. This seems to have demonstrated the importance of combining both cannabinoids and marijuana in a similar treatment regime to gain the widest possible benefit. Another study, completed in 2016, showed that medical marijuana used for pain resulting from cancer led to a massive 64% decrease in the use of opioid medications. Given the importance of reducing reliance upon opioid medications for patients of cancer who may go on to survive and live otherwise long healthy lives, this is a landmark study with sweeping effects.

The Tip of the Iceberg

While this research is important, it is also important that additional research expands upon this set of opinions and data. The ability of medical marijuana to impact brain states, and therefore reduce the need for opioid painkillers for individuals experiencing major illnesses from which they may someday recover, is an enormously important societal mission. There are many opportunities for researchers to continue to expand upon this body of research.

Over time, we anticipate a number of additional revelations that continue to push the medical establishment in the direction of further support for the primary or secondary use of elements of the cannabis plant in treating major conditions including chronic pain.

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Medical Marijuana for Pain: The Best Strains for the Job

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While the media continues to treat cannabis-related products as a possibly controversial item in today’s culture, it is clear that medical marijuana happens to be an increasingly popular alternative path to many modern medical ailments. This is particularly the case for the treatment of pain. One of the primary reasons for this traction is public outrage that continues to grow over what is now being called “the opioid epidemic”.

Anecdotal and clinical evidence together demonstrate the fact that marijuana is capable of reducing certain types of chronic pain, including pain that happens to result from inflammation as well as nerve damage.

An Epidemic?

In the current world, pain classified as chronic impacts a greater number of individuals than do diabetes, cancer, and heart disease combined. In fact, it may surprise you to find out that chronic pain happens to be the most common cause of extended duration disability in the US today. That’s why it’s such a tragedy that many marijuana-based products actually do not yet have full approval from the FDA, because more study and research is necessary to slate them as publicly accepted cures and treatments.

 

That said, we have plenty of evidence in the form of experiences by people living their lives and dealing with some of these conditions. This is technically classified as anecdotal evidence, but it provides some of the strongest claims to a cultural breakthrough that any treatment can possibly have because it represents real people with real experiences solving real problems in the real world. In addition, from this pool of anecdotal evidence, we can ascertain more than simply the fact that medical marijuana works. We can understand more about precisely which forms of it work best for which situations among which people. And that’s incredibly important.

 

Below, we explore some of these specific issues.

The Best of the Best

To put it simply, the different types of marijuana plants really come down to the following list:

  • Cannabis Indica
  • Cannabis Sativa
  • Hybrids

 

In fact, there isn’t all that much research available on which strains work best for which symptoms in the field of alleviating pain. So, once again, we must return to the field of anecdotal evidence to understand how things really work. That said, it’s important for the reader to understand that the claims below are not made as medically proven facts.

One source that we have is an online survey that was completed five years ago and published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, involving 95 subjects. In that study, researchers found that subjects exposed to the study’s inputs preferred Indica strains for managing pain, for sedation, and for sleep, but preferred Sativa strains to improve energy levels and mood.

The preference for Indica for pain management particularly involved neuropathy, joint pain, non-migraine headaches, and spasticity.

More Is Needed

It should be noted that the study described above was not sufficient as far as scale and scope to push the medical establishment over the fence on medical marijuana. More research is needed involving more subjects to truly demonstrate that the conclusions found thus far are valid and important.

That said, the study is yet another indication that medical marijuana represents a revolution in the treatment of pain management and so many other medical conditions. And that revolution is going to progress gradually over time with momentum picking up as more and more studies like this are completed and their evidence is demonstrated on the world stage.

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Healing Properties CBD and Addison’s Disease

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Primary adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison’s disease, is a very rare condition that impacts the adrenal cortex, resulting in a number of very difficult symptoms, including a lack of appetite, lethargy, possible adrenal crisis, loss of weight, and erratic mood.

One of the symptoms noted above – adrenal crisis – is a particularly acute experience that should be treated as a medical emergency. During that adrenal crisis, one may experience a dramatic loss of blood pressure accompanied by dizziness, lower body pain, and fainting spells.

Such an attack can result in death.

Coming to Grips with Addison’s Disease

The adrenal cortex is a rare instance of the word cortex being applied to something that is outside of the brain. In fact, the adrenal cortex is found on the top of the kidneys, and is made of a couple of different glands.

This is part of the HPA, which is an important axis of connected components that regulate many different functions in the body.

One element of this system is known as the endocrine system, which is in charge of various molecular signals in the body, such as hormones. The regulation of this system is critical in a number of different processes that sit at the very core of our physiological functionality.

On the other hand, the adrenal system is in charge of things like our ability to deal with sudden danger – commonly known as the fight or flight system. This is how we respond to highly stressful and highly dangerous situations encountered unexpectedly during daily life. Much of this is dealt with by the pituitary gland, which produces important chemical components that instinctively energize responses in the body.

For those suffering from Addison’s disease, we see it atrophying of this core system. This interrupts the processes that allow us to behave in a manner that our bodies were designed.

Without this properly functioning system we can end up lacking important responses in certain situations while having those responses happen to us in inappropriate situations. But we can also have a number of other symptoms such as those described above.

The role of CBD In Addison’s Disease

It’s certainly true that Addison’s disease is relatively uncommon. However, CBD is an excellent resource for those suffering from this terrible condition.

In our other pieces, we have previously described the importance of the endocannabinoid system and how it is tied throughout the body’s important systems.

Well, as you might have guessed, the endocannabinoid system is also an important part in dealing with Addison’s disease. Because this is such a critical and interconnected system throughout the body, you’ll find that it has a very complex relationships with many different sources of discomfort, malady, and disease. The case of Addison’s disease is no different.

CBD can be an important component in treating and or preventing a case of Addison’s disease because it isn’t impactful element in the functionality of the endocannabinoid system, as we have discussed in our prior pieces. In fact, much anecdotal evidence exists alongside some genuine research by the medical and scientific community to support these contentions.

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