How Does Cannabis Help With Breast Cancer

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It's no longer a secret that cannabis can help treat the symptoms associated with cancer. The American Cancer Society has even updated its stance on marijuana to admit cannabis can help treat the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, reduce neuropathic pain, and slow the growth of and kill certain types of cancer cells, which can halt the spread of some forms of cancer. For breast cancer specifically, which starts as a malignant tumor in breast cells and expands to the surrounding tissue, studies have shown THC and synthetic CBD could play an important role in combatting the illness. The Molecular Cancer Journal found in 2010 that the cannabinoids, both natural and synthetic, reduced "tumor growth, tumor number, and the amount/severity of lung metastases in MMTV-neu mice... [and] that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell proliferation, induce cancer cell apoptosis, and impair tumor angiogenesis." The study concluded, "These results provide a strong preclinical evidence for the use of cannabinoid-based therapies for the management of ErbB2-positive breast cancer."

Other studies produced similar results. The Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal in 2007 recognized CBD as the "first nontoxic exogenous agent that can significantly decrease Id-1 expression in metastatic breast cancer cells leading to the down regulation of tumor aggressiveness." Similarly, the British Journal of Pharmacology in 2014 said, "CBD reduced breast cancer metastasis in advanced stages of the disease as the direct result of down-regulating the transcriptional regulator Id-1... associated with moderate increases in survival."

That being said, it is important to note that specific ratios of THC and CBD need to be matched to the type of breast cancer in order to achieve effective therapeutic results. By journaling in the CannaBest Medical app, we can gain a better understanding of which cannabinoid compositions effectively target specific cancer diagnoses. It's possible cannabis can work in conjunction with traditional medicines to provide an optimal cancer treatment option, but patients should always consult their physician on how to implement the therapy first. This information has been brought to you by Blaze Now and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.