Marijuana For Lung Cancer

Overview

Lung cancer is a medical condition that stems from the mutation of healthy cells in the lungs that results in their abnormal and uncontrolled growth. Lung cancer can begin in one or both lungs, or in the air passages that lead to the lungs. Rather than developing into healthy lung tissue, the mutated cells grow rapidly and form tumors. This results in a variety of problems in the breathing system of the person suffering from the disease. Most notably, people with lung cancer have problems with their bodies receiving adequate oxygen since the tumor inhibits their oxygen intake and absorption.

Conventional treatment methods

Lung cancer stems from abnormal cell growth. As such, doctors usually destroy the mutated cells so as to stop the propagation of cancer and rid the person of the disease. This is usually done through surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. In surgery, medical practitioners attempt to remove the tumor by cutting it out of the existent healthy tissue. Radiation, on the other hand, involves high levels of energy being directed to one’s cancer cells, killing them. Chemotherapy is patient-specific and requires the administration of different chemical agents. The chemical agents destroy the cancerous cells. Chemotherapy and radiation come along with adverse effects such as drowsiness, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. There is also general body weakness and the possibility of chronic pain after surgery.

How marijuana treats lung cancer

There have been some testimonials concerning the healing properties of marijuana in line with lung cancer. Notably, medical marijuana when used to treat lung cancer is not smoked. Instead, it can be infused in a variety of foods or beverages. Most patients usually choose to use high-dosage cannabis oil to treat their lung cancer. Although human trials have not been completed due to legal concerns involving marijuana, the drug has been proven scientifically to be beneficial.

Researchers have established that THC, CBD and other cannabinoids contained in marijuana play a role in the life of the plant itself. One of the cited roles is pro-necrosis. This means that the cannabinoids help the cannabis plant shed off old and diseased parts in order to maintain health. Cannabis has been able to relay the same role in our cells, where programmed cell death occurs in healthy cells. This means that the cells die once they age or become diseased. Cancer cells, on the other hand, continue to live regardless of their age. Cannabis has been proven to successfully trigger the onset of programmed cell death in cancer cells and thus help in the treatment of lung cancer. THC is the main component of medical marijuana that contributes to the beginning of this self-destruction phase of cancer cells.

In separate studies, THC and CBD have been found to successfully kill lung cancer cells. A 2008 study found that THC prevented lung cancer cells from developing blood vessels. This starved them and caused them to die.

A 2013 research paper6 published findings from experiments that demonstrated the ability of both synthetic and natural cannabinoids in causing the death of lung cancer cells. The cannabinoids triggered the cells’ suicide without affecting healthy cells. This could contribute to the reduction of the tumor’s size, its elimination and the eventual healing of a person with lung cancer.

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