Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancerous cells are also called malignant cells. Cancer is primarily an environmental disease, however genetics influence the risk of some cancers. Common environmental factors that may lead to cancer include: tobacco, diet and obesity, infections, radiation, lack of physical activity, and environmental pollutants.
Chemotherapy is a prominent feature in cancer treatment. While it has great impact on cancer cells, it also affects other cells in your body causing undesirable symptoms. These may include severe nausea, vomiting, fatigue, low appetite and depression, and delayed nausea also often develops 3-4 days after treatment and is usually unresponsive to standard antiemetic (anti-nausea) treatment. Some cancer drugs actually cause intestinal secretion of serotonin which binds to cells on nerves involved in the vomiting center.
Radiation Therapy is a local treatment that damages the DNA of cells. It affects tissues surrounding the area of cancer cells causing nutritional dysfunction when gastrointestinal tract structures or the central nervous system is irradiated. Side effects are limited to the treated area, as well as the typical cancer fatigue and depression. These may include nausea, headache, anorexia, dysphagia, malabsorption, or malnutrition.
Supportive and alternative treatments:
Nutritional – detoxifying raw food diet
- Vitamin C – anti-inflammatory, depleted in radiation tx, take after tx is over
- Vitamin E – antioxidant, depleted in radiation tx, take after x is over
- Kelp – nutritional and detoxifying minerals
- Selenium – antioxidant, especially for radiation
- Fish oil / flax oil – essential fatty acids, anti-inflammatory
- Ginger – treats nausea
- Cat’s claw – helps white blood cell counts
- Astragalus – reverses immune suppression
- Reishi – increases blood cell counts
- Chaparral – protects against radiation, anti-neoplastic (use only with supervision)
- Peppermint – stimulates appetite
- Relaxation therapy
Cancer and Cannabis:
The benefit of cannabis for cancer patients has traditionally been centered upon its relief of nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite that may be a consequence of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. In fact, cannabis has often proven more effective than any other medication, and has long been prescribed in the form of Marinol, the only federally approved form of THC. In addition, marijuana is used to treat the chronic pain or depression that may accompany cancer treatments. Recent scientific research has found that cannabinoids can affect tumor growth as well.
It is generally agreed that if anything, cannabis does not cause cancer, rather in some cases, it may inhibit the growth of tumors. This has best been studied in the case of Gliomas, where cannabinoids have been shown to decrease the growth of these tumors in experimental animals. Currently researchers are investigating the effects of cannabinoids on several forms of cancer, including cancer of the breast, prostate, skin, and the brain.
To directly address the cancer itself using cannabis patients have had to consume massive amounts of cannabinoids daily to produce a significant effect, which can easily cost thousands of dollars. To treat symptoms of cancer or cancer treatments like chemotherapy it is important to use different products for different symptoms; for example one product can not treat anxiety and muscle pain and nausea. Address each symptom separately to find most appropriate products.
High doses of CBD, over 100mg per day may possibly slow cancerous tumor growth. CBD can also help the immune and nervous system repair after cancer treatment.
For skin cancer C02 oil is recommended. C02 oil is extremely thick and sticky so many patients mix it into a pre-made skin salve to drastically increase the strength. The mix can be applied directly to the cancerous area. There is no “high” effect no matter how much or how often the salve is used.
For Colon or Prostate Cancer a cannabis suppository is most effective. The suppositories can contain extremely high doses of THC and CBD but will not produce any “high” effect.