History shows that Cannabis and CBD has the ability to treat cancer. In one of the archeological findings, it was found on the body of a 2,500-year-old Siberian woman who seemed to be easing the symptoms of breast cancer with marijuana. Today, many patients are looking to try this herb; proving that it could be a medical alternative by destroying carcinogens. This opens a new door for this plant to be a cancer treatment option, especially for leukemia.
Leukemia and its Effect on the Body
This type of cancer targets the bone marrow and the blood cells. This disease affect the production of White Blood Cells (WBCs), making them increase in number and eventually crowd out Red Blood Cells (RBCs). These RBCs are vital for delivering oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body while WBCs are produced in bone marrow and are a part of the immune system.
Because of this, major problems can arise with leukemia like lacking in vital oxygen-carrying red blood cells. This can lead to anemia; a disease associated with chronic fatigue, dizziness, and general feelings of illness. That’s why leukemia patients easily bleed and bruise.
It is often treated with blood transfusions, chemotherapy, and radiation. Unfortunately, the ever-famous chemotherapy can have long-term side effects. Children who received a high doses of chemotherapy has a higher risk of having heart problems later in life. It is also being linked to lung problems, high blood pressure, hormonal problems and infertility.
Medical Marijuana to the Rescue
Let’s look at the inspiring story of Landon Riddle, a 14-year old boy who found a miracle using Cannabis as a cure for Leukemia.
At the young age of 2 years old, he was diagnosed with Leukemia. His mom was advised by a team of doctors for his son to undergo years of chemotherapy. Not only that, the young boy was also prescribed a cocktail of pain medications such as Morphine, OxyCotin, and Ativan to help him cope with his grueling treatment.
Became fed up, Landon’s mom succumbed into having Cannabis as a treatment for his son’s illness.Landon, along with the rest of his family, moved to Colorado which is so far one of the only state which Cannabis is legal for children.
Five years later, Landon Riddle is now cancer-free, although he does still feel some of the effects. He still taking Cannabis for his digestive problems, in additions to anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Now, Landon and his mom became firm advocates of legalizing marijuana as a medical treatment.
So, how did Cannabis helped Landon be cured? Here are the most notable properties of Marijuana in combatting Leukemia:
Cancer cells never stop on growing once they have started doing so. An experiment conducted by BioMed Central Cancer in 2016 found out that hat the psychoactive component in cannabis, THC, successfully stopped the growth of leukemia cell cultures. The drug was most effective in acute lymphoblastic and myeloid leukemia cells, and the study authors ultimately concluded:
2 Cell Suicide
There are couple of carcinogens which naturally can self-destruct under the right conditions. Apoptosis is loosely defined as cell suicide. Unfortunately, cancer cells stop responding to these automatic death signals. Instead, they continue to grow and proliferate.
Cannabis can initiate apoptosis in tumor cells, which is a hallmark of an effective cancer drug. In 2006, Molecular Cancer Research found that THC treatment successfully triggered apoptosis in cultured leukemia T cells.In fact, the anti-cancer effects of THC against leukemia cells begin just a short six hours after treatment. In this study, all leukemia cell lines responded to THC treatment.
3 Anti-metastatic and Anti-angiogenesis
Cannabis compounds are anti-metastatic, which inhibits tumor cells from infecting other areas after a tumor develops. Its compounds also prevent tumor cells from establishing blood vessels. Without blood vessels, the tumors starve.While these traits are not necessarily pertinent to all forms of leukemia, they may prove useful when and if cancer cells move outside of the blood and form tumors if more other researches have shown it.
Alleviating the Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Here are a few ways that this herb an help reduce pain and other debilitating side effects of chemotherapy. Some of these symptoms include:
– Nausea and vomiting
– Chronic pain
– Poor mental health
– Poor appetite