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Medical Marijuana Use for Colon Cancer

The advances in scientific technology have come leaps and bounds in the past decade. Now, a diagnosis like colon cancer, while still serious, doesn’t have to be permanent.

Colon cancer, officially called colorectal cancer, starts as a malignant cell in the colon. It’s grouped in the same category as rectal cancer because both these conditions have similar features.

Fortunately, researchers never stop their search for methods of cancer prevention and miracle treatments. The next promising strategy for colon cancer reduction is medical marijuana.

 

1. Medical Marijuana Slows the Spread of Cancer

Currently, colorectal cancer is a worldwide health problem without an effective cure.

This cancer typically forms as a polyp that grows into the wall of the colon over time. It starts in the inner layer then grows out toward the rest of the wall.

During this growth stage, the cancer cells can spread into blood vessels and lymph vessels, traveling to the rest of the body.

CBD as a Potential Treatment

Treatment for colorectal cancer varies depending on the stage (how deep into the wall it has grown) and if it has had time to spread outside the colon.

Immunotherapy works to help the infected body fight the malignant cells. But it’s relatively easy for a cell or two to develop resistance or alter its genetics to escape detection.

So, the goal is to prevent the cancerous cells from multiplying and spreading. That’s where medical marijuana comes into the picture.

Many reports in the past ten years show that cannabinoids and the Sativa cannabis compounds slow or stop cancer cells from proliferating.

Cannabinoids take control of the pathways that would normally be on high-speed replication. This control modulates cancer’s behavior, limiting how quickly the cells can multiply.

 

2. CBD Boosts the Immune System

Marijuana has two major components that intrigue researchers: THC and CBD. THC is the part of the plant connected with the psychoactive results. For colon cancer treatment, scientists are more interested in the CBD aspect.

Cannabinoids, or CBD, for short, play a significant role in the body’s endocannabinoid system. We’ve learned over the last two decades that this system is almost wholly responsible for keeping our body in homeostasis (balance).

When the endocannabinoid system isn’t in balance, the results impact our body’s overall health, including the immune system.

And, of course, this system is integral when it comes to fighting infections like cancer. However, the immune system is also severely damaged by chemotherapy and radiation. These are both common treatments to kill cancer cells.

Including marijuana as a secondary strategy in an overall cancer-fighting regimen makes sense. It’s a simple way to ensure a patient’s natural immune system is stronger.

The body continues to resist the cancer cells and other germs internally, while chemo and radiation do their part, as well.

 

3.  THCA Reduces Tumor Growth and Manages Pain

The cannabis plant is full of THCA and CBDA. These are the cannabinoid acids that ultimately produce THC and CBD.

As the acid form of THCA, the components don’t have intoxicating, psychoactive effects. They do have something that researchers are excited about, though. THCA has the potential to enhance the results of cannabinoid consumption and reduce certain symptoms.

Currently, THCA is an exciting prospect for colon cancer treatment. Solid evidence suggests it may inhibit tumor growth in prostate cancer.

The American Cancer Society already lists medical marijuana as a symptom manager. It’s clear that THCA is beneficial in reducing nausea in patients after they’ve undergone chemo and radiation.

On top of that, MMJ is a known treatment for chronic pain management. Because a side effect of colon cancer is cell inflammation, one of the symptoms is pain. THCA reduces inflammation, thereby reducing a patient’s pain level.

Read this article by Veriheal to learn more about how THCA works and the many potential benefits of using it that scientists are unearthing.

For now, colorectal cancer remains a public health threat to everyone. No one is immune to the potential problem, and there’s no consistently used cure.

But a diagnosis of colon cancer today comes with the legal ability to use medical marijuana as a normal part of treatment.

And that one difference gives hope to millions of future patients that their cancer will be controlled and eliminated early.

 

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