|Posted by alexandriaelkwood on July 5, 2017 at 11:20 AM|
SPIKE BOWAN JUNE 29, 2017
It doesn’t get much more controversial than the topic of CBD, Medical Cannabis and the treatments that they can offer when it comes to medical afflictions.
Ironically, the argument against the use of medicinal marijuana and cannabinoids stem from pharmaceutical companies and/or doctors/hospitals that may or may not be backed by big pharma. Especially when it comes to cancer treatment.
Marijuana has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. Scientists have identified many biologically active components in marijuana called cannabinoids. The two best studied components are the chemicals delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (often referred to as THC), and cannabidiol (CBD).
Advocates, that are championing the use of CBD and THC therapy for the treatment of cancer patients have a long and lengthy battle ahead of them. However, the evidence of how CBD can eradicate cancer cells, grows exponentially each day.
Pain management, reducing nausea from chemotherapy the benefits of CBD/THC therapy are staggering. Studies have long shown that people who took marijuana extracts in clinical trials tended to need less pain medicine. How about killing cancer all together?
More recently, scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD, slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in lab dishes. Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer.
When it comes to medicine, I rely on proof and cold hard science. The fact is, the proof is in the pudding. Bio-Chemist Dennis Hill breaks it down quite elegantly. How cancer cells are targeted and eliminated by CBD and THC.
“Very simply, when THC connects to the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptor site on the cancer cell, it causes an increase in ceramide synthesis which drives cell death. A normal healthy cell does not produce ceramide in the presence of THC, thus is not affected by the cannabinoid.
The cancer cell dies, not because of cytotoxic chemicals, but because of a tiny little shift in the mitochondria. Within most cells there is a cell nucleus, numerous mitochondria (hundreds to thousands), and various other organelles in the cytoplasm. The purpose of the mitochondria is to produce energy (ATP) for cell use. As ceramide starts to accumulate, turning up the Sphingolipid Rheostat, it increases the mitochondrial membrane pore permeability to cytochrome c, a critical protein in energy synthesis. Cytochrome c is pushed out of the mitochondria, killing the source of energy for the cell.
Ceramide also causes genotoxic stress in the cancer cell nucleus generating a protein called p53, whose job it is to disrupt calcium metabolism in the mitochondria. If this weren’t enough, ceramide disrupts the cellular lysosome, the cell’s digestive system that provides nutrients for all cell functions. Ceramide, and other sphingolipids, actively inhibit pro-survival pathways in the cell leaving no possibility at all of cancer cell survival.”
Basically, Mr. Hill is saying that the cancer cells are eliminated by the CBD and THC, preventing any chance of cancer cell survival… So why wouldn’t we be interested in this? There are varying opinions on this. I will give you the facts as I find them and let you make your own decisions.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lists marijuana and its cannabinoids as Schedule I controlled substances. This means that they cannot legally be prescribed, possessed, or sold under federal law. Uncle Sam says “NO!” so we are to obey and accept this fact, right?
CBD and THC can kill cancer, why aren’t we curing the world then? Why the heavy regulation by the government? Why aren’t pharmaceutical companies jumping on this?
You know why. And now, all of the sudden, there is Dronabinol. A pharmaceutical form of THC, and also a man-made cannabinoid drug called nabilone are approved by the FDA to treat some conditions.
The facts are out there, CBD and THC work to fix many ailments and diseases, but big pharma just needs to step out of the way or jump on the pro-CBD band wagon and stop worrying about there wallets.