I am not a doctor. Neither do I have breast cancer. So while I can not make a personal declaration as to the effectiveness of cbd, I have a moral obligation to share information that I find reputable that may reduce the suffering of those that do have breast cancer.
Stephanie Johnson, Senior Communications Strategist, The Skyline Agency, has stated the following, which may be seen in more detail at https://www.leafwire.com/post/5d82429fb06f730012d36633
8 years ago, I was given a 23% chance of living to see 5 years.
I had been diagnosed with stage 3, grade 3, triple negative (brca1+) invasive ductal carcinoma – breast cancer… an angry one at that.
I had not been involved in cannabis in any way, at that point, in my life. I was a 38 year old communications director and staring down quite a journey.
8 years later, I’m still here. I believe a big part of that has to do with my being willing to bring this miracle plant into my life. As my oncologist said: “We can’t recommend it because of the law but none of us will tell you to not do it – because we all know it works.”
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6479799/
Cannabis sativa (C. sativa) was known among ancient Asian, African, and European agricultural societies. Due to its hallucinogenic effects, Cannabis sativa was applied in religious ceremonies, but it was also widely used in fiber manufacturing, nutrition and medicine. However, in the early part of the last century, C. sativa lost its importance in industry and medicine [1,2]. At present, application of C. sativa in industry and medicine is experiencing a revival. Since 1990, C. sativa became important as a source of compounds to treat cancer and life-threating diseases. The C. sativa plant contains >500 chemical and biologically active compounds . So far, 60 structures have been identified as belonging to the family of cannabinoids (CBs). CBs share a lipid structure featuring alkylresorcinol and monoterpene moieties (terpenophenols) [2,4].
There is much more information at the above link for those with a desire to do further research.
Research by https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324745.php indicates that while more research is necessary to definitively suggest the benefit to treatment of the actual cancer, there is data that shows that cbd helps with both pain and nausea which are both often associated with breast cancer. They also suggest that cbd helps with stimulating the appetite which can be lost due to conventional forms of treatment.
Here are some promising studies according to https://www.healthline.com/health/cancer/cbd-for-cancer#as-cancer-treatment:
- A 2019 reviewTrusted Source of in vitro and in vivo studies focusing on pancreatic cancer found that cannabinoids can help slow tumor growth, reduce tumor invasion, and induce tumor cell death. The study authors wrote that research into the effectiveness of different formulations, dosing, and precise mode of action are lacking and urgently needed.
- A 2019 studyTrusted Source indicated that CBD could provoke cell death and make glioblastoma cells more sensitive to radiation, but with no effect on healthy cells.
- A large, long-term studyTrusted Source of men within the California Men’s Health Study cohort found that using cannabis may be inversely associated with bladder cancer risk. However, a cause and effect relationship hasn’t been established.
- A 2014 study in experimental models of colon cancer in vivo suggests that CBD may inhibit the spread of colorectal cancer cells.
- A reviewTrusted Source of 35 in vitro and in vivo studies found that cannabinoids are promising compounds in the treatment of gliomas.
- Other research demonstrated the efficacy of CBD in pre-clinical models of metastatic breast cancer. The study found that CBD significantly reduced breast cancer cell proliferation and invasion.
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
It should be noted that while it is important to be aware of the vast amount of research that is being done by hundreds of different entities around the world, and that the reserarch appears to be promising enough to justify even further research, that this in no way can or should be construed as a cure for anything.
We know that research findings are often geared to aid or benefit the financer of the research and that some information may even be withheld as proprietary in order to obtain patents or other advantage in the medical community.
One certainly can not ignore the hype or media explosion on the subject. Even Coors beer is getting on the bandwagon with new cbd products https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/colorados-best-drinks-cbd–dram-apothecary-bring-broad-spectrum-hemp-to-coors-portfolio-of-suppliers-300917804.html There certainly is something going on here and if I did have breast cancer or any other kind of cancer, I would be looking into this with far more enthusiasm than waiting for the FDA to approve something on their own. That is just my personal opinion, but it may take years for the FDA to approve something and a person with cancer may not have the time to wait.
I should point out that the world leader in full spectrum cbd uses the network marketing approach to distribute the products and has a huge financial opportunity for those interested in such a method, here.