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How cannabis can help treat cancer?

During therapy, cancer afflicts many patients nausea and vomiting. When not helping frugal diet and treatment regime offers the chance to try cannabinoids. We explain what these substances is and how they can help.

Cannabinoids are the main active substances contained in hemp. Best-explored are the cannabinoids THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Each of them can have different effects on the body, but joins the one - relieves nausea and vomiting.
THC - counteracts pain and nausea , has anti-inflammatory effects and also acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that protect the body from various harmful processes and support the immune system.
CBD - helps with cramps and pain, and it may be due to better manage anxiety. Its effects also include improved mood.

How does it work?

The effects of cannabinoids may vary according to different types of cannabis, and by way of use. The principle, however, their effect on the receptors, which are located in different parts of the body, including the brain. In the oral administration of THC absorbed slowly and made way for several hours. When inhaled cannabinoids are getting into the bloodstream and the effect comes faster than oral administration. Faster but also subside.


Drugs with cannabinoid dronabinol, nabilone and are used in cancer treatment to alleviate nausea and vomiting. At the same time they promote appetite. I cannabinoids but can have side effects. Those who use them, they can:
feel faster pounding heart ,
experience dizziness,
observe changes in mood,
experience a decrease in blood pressure.

It is very important then to note that cannabinoids are not a substitute for anti-cancer drugs. However enhance the effect of some drugs for calming and sleeping pills. If the cannabinoids only acquainted, it is better to start with lower doses. It is also recommended presence of another person, if he arrived dizziness or weakness.

Promise for the future?

Studies show that the use of cannabinoids consumption drops painkillers. Another finding is that in laboratory conditions both THC and CBD retard the growth of certain cancer cells. Therefore, the substance contained in cannabis subject of further research.

Author of the article: Mgr. Petra Kováčová
Source: U lékař

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