Cannabis has been a part of human culture for thousands of years. It was used as a medicine, recreational drug and spiritual tool. It was also used to alter consciousness and produce hallucinations.
It is only recently that we have begun to understand the effects of cannabis on the body. The medical community has been slow to accept the benefits of cannabis because it has been illegal for so long. Even now, there is still much research needed before cannabis can be fully accepted as a medicine by all doctors.
According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, with only about 6 percent of people diagnosed with it living five years or more after their diagnosis. But there are some natural treatments that may help fight pancreatic cancer, including cannabis.
Cannabis has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for pain and inflammation. It also has anti-tumor properties that have been studied since the 1970s.
The National Cancer Institute reports that cannabinoids have shown promise in treating cancer by reducing tumor growth and inhibiting angiogenesis (the development of blood vessels).
Studies have shown that cannabinoids can slow down tumor growth in animals and stimulate natural killer cells in humans. In addition to preventing tumors from growing, cannabidiol — CBD — also helps regulate cell death (apoptosis) and inhibits angiogenesis by blocking VEGF receptor signaling pathways.
Why exactly is this disease so deadly? What makes it so hard to treat?
The answer lies in the complexity of how this cancer forms and spreads within the body. The pancreas sits in the abdomen on top of your stomach and produces enzymes that help digest food. Pancreatic cancer can begin anywhere within this gland or outside it but for some reason tends to spread quickly throughout the body via blood vessels. This makes it very difficult to treat with conventional methods like chemotherapy or radiation because in most cases don’t work well when cancers spread through the blood stream like this one does.
However, there are some promising studies that demonstrate the benefits of cannabis and pancreatic cancer patients. In this article, we will take a look at some of these studies and how they may benefit pancreatic cancer patients today.
Benefits of Cannabis and Pancreatic Cancer
There are several ways in which cannabis can help with pancreatic cancer treatments:
Anti-Inflammatory Effects – Cannabis is one of the most effective anti-inflammatory drugs available today. This means that it can reduce swelling and pain throughout your body without causing any harmful side effects like many other prescription medications do. This is especially important for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatments because these medications often cause severe nausea and vomiting which can make eating difficult or impossible for many patients.
Cannabis and pancreatic cancer have a complicated relationship. While some studies have found that cannabis can stimulate the growth of pancreatic tumors, others have found that it can actually slow the progression of these deadly diseases.
In addition to its anti-cancer properties, cannabis has also been used as an appetite stimulant for people with cancer. It is particularly effective at stimulating appetite in patients with cachexia, or weight loss due to advanced cancer.
Cannabis has also been shown to reduce pain associated with pancreatic cancer. Although there are no randomized controlled trials on this subject, one study found that patients receiving cannabinoids were able to decrease their use of opioids by 45% to 90%.
Please note, cannabis is not a one size fits all type of medicine and more is NOT better.
If you have any questions, please consult with a medical professional. If your medical team is not knowledgeable on what this plant has to offer, its cannabinoids or ratios, United Patients Group does have a medical consultation option that your doctor is more than welcome to sit in on.