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Treating Breast Cancer with Medical Marijuana

By November 7, 2017April 26th, 2022No Comments

Using cannabis as a medical treatment has become more common due to its many health benefits. More and more patients that seek an alternative to traditional therapy in OC dispensary Santa Ana report that medical marijuana is a powerful pain reliever for chronic conditions and illnesses, including cancer.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts when cells in the breast begin growing out of control, invading surrounding tissues. Breast cancer can spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body, usually including the brain, liver, lungs or bones, when it is classified as Stage 4 breast cancer.

Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, though men can get it, as well. About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. Besides skin cancer, it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American women.

Here are several reasons why medical marijuana is viable option to help in cancer treatment, as well as side-effects of conventional breast cancer treatment.

Inhibition of tumor growth

There’s evidence that cannabinoids, chemical compounds in medical marijuana, can slow down and even stop tumor progression without affecting the surrounding healthy tissue. They may even protect healthy cells from cell death.

There are studies that suggest that CBD is especially effective against breast cancer. It can inhibit the survival of both estrogen receptor (ER)-positive and ER-negative breast cancer cell lines without affecting non-tumorigenic mammary cells. There’s also evidence that CBD may block the progress of metastatic breast cancer.

However, THC also plays a role in fighting tumor cells. According to research, THC attacks and kills breast cancer cells, and inhibits cancer cell proliferation by blocking the progression of the cell cycle.

These cannabinoids have a greater therapeutic value when they’re combined.

Anti-inflammatory effect

There is a causal relationship between inflammation and cancer. Inflammation is a critical component of tumor growth. Many tumors arise from sites of chronic inflammation and infection.

Cannabinoids have been studied for their anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that THC and CBD are effective in reducing and suppressing inflammation.

While both compounds fight inflammation in different ways, CBD has proven to be more potent. It interacts with CB2 receptors, which play a major role as regulators of inflammation. For this reason, CBD can be powerful in treating some cancers caused by chronic inflammation.

Relief of symptoms

When cannabinoids enter your system, they bind to receptors in the brain and body know as cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. Cannabinoids imitate compounds naturally produced by our body called endocannabinoids.

Endocannabinoids are essential for maintaining our health. They activate mechanisms responsible for relieving a variety of symptoms caused by breast cancer. Therefore, medical marijuana treatment is beneficial in reducing chemotherapy-related pain and other symptoms such as anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.

Improved quality of life

Medical cannabis can help breast cancer patients cope with chemotherapy and improve their overall quality of life. It can be a resourceful ally against chronic stress, depression, and fatigue.

Medical marijuana can stimulate patients’ appetite, restore their natural sleep cycle, and regulate their mood. Patients of OC dispensary in Santa Ana have also reported improved social functioning and performance of their daily tasks.

Get treatment in #1 OC dispensary Santa Ana

Current breast cancer treatment options are painful and invasive. Many patients turn to People’s OC, the trusted OC dispensary in Santa Ana, for a cannabinoid-based therapy to avoid or at least minimize their side-effects.

Medical cannabis is available in different forms and each method has its pros and cons so come by our shop at 2721 S. Grand Avenue Santa Ana. We are the biggest medical marijuana dispensary in Orange County and offer a wide variety of consumables and accessories that can help you find relief.

Our knowledgeable team will give you advice on which product and method will work best for your medical condition and your needs.