I have been getting a lot of questions about this subject. At present, there are 9 ways that cannabinoids have been found to combat cancer.(1)
1) Increase apoptosis of cancer (ca) cells (decreases the lifespan of ca cells).
2) Increase autophagy of ca cells (ca cells eating up themselves).
3) Inhibit metastasis (stops ca cells from breaking off a tumor and migrating to another area to start growing there).
4) Inhibit cancer cell proliferation (growing and dividing of ca cells)
5) Increase tumor immunity surveillance (improves the immune system’s ability to recognize ca cells as “foreign” and kill them).
6) Inhibit epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (changing from a normal cell to a less developed cell).
7) Inhibit tumor cell invasion (ability of a tumor to grow into the normal tissue).
8) Cause cell cycle arrest (keeps the cancer cells from dividing and making more cancer cells).
9) Reduce drug resistance (keeps the cancer cells from becoming resistant to the effects of chemo and radiation therapy.
Notice that I did not say CBD or hemp oil but cannabinoids. However, CBD by itself has been shown to have all of the mechanisms of fighting cancer listed above. Other cannabinoids have been shown to induce some, if not all, of these mechanisms in cancer cells also. Little to no research has been done using CBD-enhanced hemp oil which contains a multiplicity of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. It seems logical that, due to the entourage effect, all the components in CBD-enriched hemp oil would work together to produce a better clinical result that the individual cannabinoids when used alone.
More information on Cancer and Cannabinoid research will be coming soon in my disease list.
I hope the above information is helpful.
Note: At this time, hemp oil, CBD, or medical marijuana have not been approved by the FDA in the treatment of cancer nor for any of its complications nor for any side effects associated with cancer therapy.
1) Velasco G, etal. Anticancer mechanisms of cannabinoids. Curr Oncol 2016;23(S2):S23-S32.