In the latest research done on cannabis, scientists have determined that one of the active compounds in it can help relieve nerve pain related to chemotherapy drugs. Scientists also say it was very effective in woman with breast tumors but helped with pain in cancer patients in general. The research was done by Dr. Sarah Jane Ward and her team from Temple University where they found that cannabidiol or CBD, the second most active compound in cannabis, blocked nerve pain caused by the drug Paclitaxel in mice that were female.
Dr. Ward an expert in substance abuse at Temple University, Philadelphia, said: ‘We found cannabidiol (CBD) completely prevented the onset of the neuropathic, or nerve pain caused by the chemo drug Paclitaxel, which is used to treat breast cancer.’
Researchers were also able to conclude that unlike THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis; CBD was without any psycho-active effects, appetite increase, or slower cognitive function. It’s a good thing researchers were finally able to get this data out to the public because right now the number of cannabis related studies are very few due to the lack of federal support. Perhaps this will help to change thinking of the plant showing that it doesn’t only exist so people can get “high” but so it can help people who have exhausted all other options.
She and her team also said their studies showed that CBD decreased the size of tumors in mice which in effect could be used as a treatment for cancer. Past studies have also shown CBD is capable of blocking brain cancer in humans.
I really hope this research opens the eyes of some of those still holding on to the old way of thinking about cannabis as a drug instead of as a plant and a medicine.
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