HEMP OIL - IS THIS A NEW TREATMENT
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Hemp oil and cannabis, in recent years, has shown great promise in its ability to treat serious illnesses including cancer. In fact, cannabis, remains one of the most hot button issues in the medical community at this time. According to research some 50 years ago, the human body has cells that are specifically designed to interact with cannabis and cannabinoids. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli researcher, discovered that the body actually produces compounds similar to those found in marijuana naturally. This would suggest that cannabinoids have some sort of role in the human body, and thus, in larger concentrations could be helpful in helping the body fight off infections and interact with cancer cells.
Studies in the 1970s and 1980s, further suggested that cannabinoids could potentially shrink tumors, and later research found that rats exposed to high levels of THC actually lived longer and had fewer instances of cancer than rats that were not exposed to THC. So, what does all of this mean? At the moment, nothing really. Hard data regarding the effect of hemp oil on human patients have not yet been completed, however, anecdotal stories of this homeopathic treatment fighting off tumors and cancer are becoming more and more common.
Hemp Oil and Inhibiting Tumor Growth
Hemp oil, which is now entering new studies, is simply a very concentrated oil. The hemp, or marijuana, is distilled down to a pure form, which is heavily concentrated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Many of the concoctions mixed up today are about 70% THC, with other cannabinoids making up the rest of the mixture. This oil is taken, often orally, and has shown promise in shrinking tumors.
Studies have shown that the oil can drastically shrink tumors in lab rats, and might help shrink tumors in the human population. A marijuana activist, who was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer, for example, found success with the use of hemp or cannabis oil, combined with traditional forms of treatment and a natural diet.
Montana family also used hemp oil to keep a tumor at bay in their 20-month-old son. The oil helped to shrink the tumor by as much as 50% and kept it from growing back, however, a change in law made it illegal for the family to procure the oil. Without treatment the toddler succumbed to a brain tumor at the age of four.
Stories of individuals finding success with hemp or cannabis oil for cancer treatment are becoming more common, but a true scientific study has not yet been conducted. Anecdotally, however, the treatment shows great promise in treating and, in some cases, curing even the most aggressive forms of cancer. Many of these patients, have, however, combined hemp oil treatments with more traditional forms of cancer treatment, such as radiation and chemotherapy.
The Use of Marijuana in Cancer Treatment
While the oil is just beginning to get press, and is early in its research process, the use of marijuana in the treatment and management of chronic illnesses is not uncommon, nor unheard of. Marijuana has been used, for decades, to treat the symptoms of chronic conditions, and increase the quality of life for patients suffering from terminal illnesses. Patients suffering from cancer, AIDS and Multiple Sclerosis have all found pain relief from vomiting in the use of marijuana, either in smokable form or ingestible form.
While many experts agree a great deal of research still needs to be done on hemp oil, and its ability to fight cancer, marijuana, as a substance, has been used for years to help treat the symptoms and side effects of cancer and traditional cancer treatments. For example, medical marijuana is often used to help relieve pain, increase appetite, and stave off nauseous in cancer patients. It is used for similar symptoms for those who are suffering from AIDS.
Warnings and Considerations
Those who have found success with the use of hemp oil, have, more often than not, combined the treatment along with other, more traditional cancer treatments. Hemp oil should not be used as a sole means of treating cancer, and all patients should take the advice of their doctors regarding the proper course of treatment for their specific illness and case. Hemp oil, however, has shown great promise, and can be used in conjunction with traditional treatments without interacting inappropriately, according to the most recent studies on the topic.
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