MMJ for Tumors

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The term tumor refers to an abnormal mass of body tissue that may or may not be cancerous and develop when cells divide and grow excessively. Tumor symptoms depend on their type and location and may not develop until the tumor is advanced, but some symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, blood in the stool, iron deficiency anemia, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, malaise, and night sweats. Research shows cannabis has anti-tumor benefits, limits tumor growth, and facilitates cancer cell death.

In one animal trial, CBD inhibited the progression of cancer in the breast, lung, prostate, and colon, and another found it inhibited the growth of subcutaneously implanted human glioma cells. CBD also provides antiproliferative effects by causing the mitochondrial oxidative metabolism and the viability of glioma cells that make up brain tumors to drop significantly. Another study found a combination of THC and CBD four hours after radiation treatment increased cancer cell autophagy and apoptosis. CBD acid down-regulated human breast cancer cells, which prevented their growth and inhibited the migration of breast cancer cells. Cannabis also manages symptoms associated with cancer treatment. One survey found six to eight weeks of cannabis treatment improved all measured-cancer related symptoms for cancer patients, and the National Cancer Institute recognizes cannabis provides relief for a number of cancer related pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and anxiety.

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