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Chelsea Glasser

My Mom has been using Cannabis Oil to Recover from Breast Cancer—Here’s How It Could Help:

After being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer my mom decided to go for an alternative treatment plan. This is what science says about her treatment with this type of “medicinal marijuana.”

By Yudi Liu

By Yudi Liu

Luckily, she caught the cancer early and opted for surgery to remove to tumor. My mom said she planned to fight the disease in part with "natural wellness therapies." After surgery to remove her 0.8 cm tumor, my mom decided to take a different approach, despite the doctor’s recommendation for chemotherapy and radiation. My mom, who is also my best friend, is going to be fine. She will be using a new type of medicine that is often talked about today- CBD oil. Cannabis has scientifically proven properties to inhibit cancer cell growth and other natural healing remedies.

“So what is CBD oil?” I remember thinking, and does it really have cancer-fighting powers? First, the basics: CBD stands for cannabidiol. It's one of several compounds, called cannabinoids, found in cannabis, aka the marijuana plant. Some research shows that certain cannabinoids do have an anti-cancer effect, says Allan Frankel, M.D., a “medicinal cannabis” expert with many articles about CBD published, in southern California.

Frankel explains in one article, taken as a spray or capsule, CBD oil is used to treat either the cancer itself or the side effects of the disease or chemotherapy.” Unlike smoking marijuana, however CBD oil won't get a person high because it doesn't contain enough of the high-producing cannabinoid known as THC. Not getting high is part of the appeal of CBD oil for many patients,” he adds.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) also takes a cautious stance on cannabis in general. "Data shows that it inhibits growth of cancer cells in petri dishes, and in animal studies, but it's limited data and I can’t recommend it for human use outside of a human clinical trial," Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer of the ACS, explains on their website. "The initial data indicates it should be researched more though."

While recovering from surgery, my mom used CBD drops as an alternative to the narcotic pain-killers she was prescribed. She reported significantly lower pain about 15 minutes after placing 5-10 drops under her tongue. After her post-op recovery, she continued to use the CBD oil as an anti-inflammatory, to treat PMS symptoms, relieve muscle aches and for anxiety relief.

CBD oil and other products are an alternative to the sometimes painful and harmful treatments against breast cancer. CBD is very effective and very easy method of treating the aftermath of the disease. Compared to conventional methods of treatment, this miracle oil does more good to the body while doing nothing negative and leaving most patients feeling better.

CBD Oil Has a Number Of Medicinal Properties: There are a lot of studies that have discovered a number of medical advantages that you can get by using CBD oil. Some of these are:

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Analgesic (pain-relief)

  • Metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity)

  • Antidepressant

  • Anticonvulsant

  • Anti-anxiety

We actually have an endocannabinoid system: Humans have an endocannabinoid system—meaning our bodies know how to process these naturally occurring chemicals. The human body and the cannabis plant both make cannabinoids, so we are biologically programmed to be able to use CBD effectively to help us reduce inflammation and pain. And, CBD hemp oil is legal in all 50 states. There is zero evidence anywhere that CBD is addictive. This is because CBD does not act on any receptors in the brain that would produce addiction

How-to: In dozens of states, health food stores, pharmacies, and even supermarkets and restaurants are carrying CBD products. That includes capsules, oils, balms/lotions  and edibles, including gummy candy, honey, coffees, and alcoholic beverages, among others. These can be purchased at select stores or online. At places like Bubby’s in Tribeca, down the 1 train from Barnard, they’ve newly introduced CBD-infused sweetener to their extensive menu. You can now warm up with a CBD infused latte or cool down with a CBD lemonade. There is also the option to sweeten any coffee and tea beverage with the special CBD sweetener.

CBD oil has been studied for its potential role in treating many common health issues. Research on the potential health benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, so new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy are sure to be discovered. Though there is much to be learned about the effectiveness and safety of CBD, results from recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues.