CBD for Breast Cancer October Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time for standing with breast cancer survivors and spreading awareness of the disease. Every year around 46,000 people are diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  This month is their time to stand up and fight back, and Mary Jane Labs wants to help.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer is the most common diagnosed cancer among women in the United Kingdom. Almost nine in 10 (87%) women survive breast cancer for five years or more. Breast cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the past 40 years in the UK due to a combination of improvements in treatment and care, earlier detection through screening and a focus on targets, including faster diagnosis.
An estimated 600,000 people are alive in the UK after a diagnosis of breast cancer. This is predicted to rise to 1.2 million in 2030. For many the overwhelming emotional and physical effects of the disease can be long-lasting.

Accounts from breast cancer survivors tell a harrowing story of fighting back, overcoming great personal turmoil to persevere in the face of adversity. Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be terrifying, and living with breast cancer is no easy feat. The common symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Lumps in the underarm
  • Swelling of parts of the breast
  • Skin irritation
  • Redness or flaky skin
  • Nipple discharge including blood
  • Pain in breast

Although treating breast cancer can bring about other symptoms. Side effects of Chemotherapy and radiation such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Pain
  • Arm swelling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin irritation

 

Can CBD Help?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoids that can be found in hemp and marijuana, two types of cannabis plants. CBD may help people with cancer manage some symptoms of the disease as well as side effects of treatment. Scientists are also looking into how CBD could aid cancer treatment, but more research is needed before any conclusions can be made.

Marijuana has enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to get you high, but hemp does not. CBD itself has no psychoactive compounds. However, CBD products may have trace amounts of THC.

These are just a few studies addressing the potential of cannabinoids to help treat cancer. Still, it’s far too soon to say that CBD is a safe and effective treatment for cancer in humans. CBD shouldn’t be considered a substitute for other cancer treatment.

Some areas for future research include:

  • the effects of CBD with and without other cannabinoids like THC
  • safe and effective dosing
  • the effects of different administration techniques
  • how CBD works on specific types of cancer
  • how CBD interacts with chemotherapy drugs and other cancer treatments

 

Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can produce an array of side effects, such as nausea and loss of appetite, which can lead to weight loss.

Research suggests that cannabinoids may ease neuropathic pain, nausea and poor appetite due to cancer and cancer treatment. CBD is also thought to have anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties.

So far, only one CBD product has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

That product is Epidiolex, and its only use is in the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy. No CBD products have been FDA-approved to treat cancer or symptoms of cancer, or to ease side effects of cancer treatment.

If you’re considering using medical marijuana, talk to your doctor about how best to administer it. Smoking may not be a good choice for people with certain types of cancer.

CBD and other cannabis products come in many forms, including vape, tincture, sprays, and oils. It can also be found in candies, coffee, or other edibles.