CBD and BREAST CANCER
What is cancer?
Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of your body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. Symptoms vary widely based on the type of cancer but frequently include pain, fatigue, nausea, and unexplained weight loss. Almost 40% of people will get a cancer diagnosis in their life.
CBD and Breast Cancer
Recent studies have shown CBD inhibited breast cancer tumor growth in rats. “Both cannabidiol and the cannabidiol-rich extract inhibited the growth of xenograft tumors,” according to a 2006 study in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Additional findings show that It may work similarly to chemo when it comes to tumors. “Molecular Cancer Therapeutics” reported in 2011 that their “study revealed an intricate interplay between apoptosis and autophagy in CBD-treated breast cancer cells and highlighted the value of continued investigation into the potential use of CBD as an antineoplastic agent.” In plain English, looks like the CBD is working (on breast cancer specifically)
Not only could it replace chemo, but it could control aggressive tumors. In August of 2011, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment published a study that said, in effect, CBD can control aggressive breast cancer cells. Again, this was a study on rats, but the goal was to find “therapeutic interventions for aggressive and metastatic breast cancers,” since there are limited options available, and they found CBD to be an “effective, targeted, and non-toxic” therapy. A 2017 study in the Journal of Natural Medicines found similar results with “highly aggressive breast cancer,” but suggested further research.
What is the problem with chemotherapy?
Some chemo drugs can damage cells in the heart, kidneys, bladder, lungs, and nervous system. Sometimes, you can take medicines with the chemo to help protect your body’s normal cells. There are also treatments to help relieve side effects. Doctors try to give chemo at levels high enough to treat cancer, while keeping side effects at a minimum. They also try to avoid using multiple drugs that have similar side effects.
CBD might be the first nontoxic breast cancer treatment. How amazing is it to know there are healthier alternatives! A study from “Molecular Cancer Therapeutics” reported that “CBD represents the first nontoxic exogenous agent that can significantly decrease Id-1 expression in metastatic breast cancer cells leading to the down-regulation of tumor aggressiveness.”
Why is nutrition important for prevention and treatment of cancer?
Nutrition is an important part of life, cancer treatment, recovery, and prevention. Food is one of the few things you can be in control of during your entire lifetime. It is important that you make healthy decisions. Many individuals do not think their eating habits are poor or that they don’t need to switch up certain eating habits. Truth is no matter how “clean” you think you are eating, it is important to always speak to a nutritionist just to be 100 percent sure that you are eating a healthy diet. There are so many foods and advertisements about what is healthy, but in reality, lots of these foods are bad for you. Many foods advertise “organic” or “non-gmo” but most importantly we need to know what ingredients are within these products. FDA standards are shallow and always manufactures to print whatever they want on their packages as long as it tells “some truth”. To be healthy we need to know the WHOLE truth!
Since we were children, we have been told to eat your fruits and vegetables. And yet we stray away from this, or we find alternatives to be able to add just a small amount of fruits and veggies a day. NO! We need to eat more plant foods, and lean meats. This is always going to be the major part of your healthy lifestyle. Half of your plate should always contain a non-starchy vegetable like spinach or green beans. There are so many different vegetables in the world we just have to take the time to explore and try new things.
A few tips to help prevent cancer or aid you on your journey is to stay away from processed foods and sugars. The best things you could eat and do are:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Limit sweets and sugars
- Stay hydrated!
- Eat small frequent meals throughout the day consisting of:
-nuts and nut butters
-whole wheat breads
-variety of fruits and veggies
—choose fruits high in antioxidants, berries, cherries, cranberries, plumsJust incorporating more whole foods into your lifestyle, can prevent and also treat cancer. Pair this with CBD and we can fight this ugly disease!