CBD might also have anti-cancer effects that have the potential to stop the growth of malignant cells. However, it’s important to remember that there’s a lack of clinical trials in this area, and the majority of the research comes from animal models and human case reports.
CBD Helps Nourish Healthy Cells
AML triggers the body to produce too many white blood cells known as myelocytes. Leukemia starts building up in your bone marrow and blood, leaving less space for the healthy blood cells. The symptoms of AML include infections, anemia, and easy bleeding. AML is more common in men than in women. It also affects kids, but the prevalence of AML increases with age.
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
Studies have found that CBD oil packs potent anti-cancer properties that may help reduce the rate at which the malignant cells spread. Moreover, CBD signals the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to produce more of its therapeutic messengers (endocannabinoids) to restore the state of homeostasis. Through apoptosis, CBD is able to eliminate cancer cells in human leukemia (1).
Researchers are looking into Sativex as a treatment for cancer related symptoms and for certain types of cancer.
CBD oil comes from the flowers of the cannabis plant and does not contain the psychoactive substance THC. It can be sold in the UK as a food supplement but not as a medicine. There is no evidence to support its use as a medicine.
How you have it
Cannabinoids have helped with sickness and pain in some people.
Nabilone is a drug developed from cannabis. It is licensed for treating severe sickness from chemotherapy that is not controlled by other anti sickness drugs. It is a capsule that you swallow whole.
Why people with cancer use it
The results of one trial showed that Sativex did not improve pain levels. You can read the results of the trial on our clinical trials website.
This means that CBD is generally available to individuals across the country, and often without a prescription. Because CBD is primarily marketed as a supplement, and not a medication, the US Food and Drug Administration does not regulate its safety or purity. 4 Those considering using CBD should exercise caution, however. There are currently no regulations to ensure that the product they buy contains the active ingredients listed on the label. 4 Furthermore, the CBD products could also contain other, unknown components. 4 Finding the right dose of CBD can also be a challenge due to the absence of high-quality clinical studies, so individuals will have to experiment to find what works for them. 1,4
Although these findings are promising, it is important to remember that there is a lack of human clinical trials in this area. 1 Cannabis extracts containing CBD, which by itself does not cause the “high” associated with THC, have a complicated legal status in the United States; all 50 states have legalized CBD, with some restrictions, whereas the federal government still considers it illegal but has refrained from enforcement. 4
In a 2016 study, researchers found that chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells have high quantities of cannabinoid receptors, 2 but were unable to show that adding synthetic cannabinoids alone to CLL cells could significantly reduce their viability or ability to migrate. 2 However, subsequent studies have shown that using natural cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can have anticancer activity in leukemia cells. 3 Notably, the ability to kill leukemia cells was improved when cannabinoids were used together, and an even stronger effect was seen when cells were treated with cannabinoids at the same time or right after having received chemotherapy. 3
Inside the body, cannabinoids function by binding to specialized cannabinoid receptors on the outside of cells. 2 Cannabinoid receptors are commonly found in the brain and on cells of the immune system but have also been found in high quantities in both solid tumors and cancers of the blood. 2 Interestingly, exposing cancer cells to cannabinoids in a laboratory has been shown to inhibit their ability to move, grow, divide, and produce new blood vessels—crucial features for a cancer cell. 2
The good news is that CBD is generally considered safe, although it can cause nausea, fatigue, irritability, dry mouth, and changes in appetite in some people. 1,4 There is also a risk that CBD could interfere with other medications, so it is important to speak with your doctor before starting to take CBD, or any other nutritional or medicinal supplement. 1,4