Undergoing chemotherapy treatments can leave the patient uncomfortable, sick and sometimes with debilitating side effects. Chemotherapy is intravenously administered medications or drugs that are designed to attack the growing cancer cells. The medications are strong, killing any growing fast cell, including the healthy ones. Side effects of chemotherapy can leave a patient with hair loss, nausea, vomiting, swelling in the extremities, sore mouth, headaches, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fatigue and emotional changes.
Here are some ways in which CBD can help a patient during chemotherapy:
MAY REDUCE NAUSEA AND VOMITING
Studies have show that CBD has anti-nausea and anti-emetic (suppression of nausea) effects that could make chemotherapy treatments more comfortable for the patients. CBD binds directly with our CB1 receptor, which is one of our cannabinoid receptors naturally found in our bodies, potentially reducing and suppressing nausea and vomiting.
MAY REDUCE NEUROPATHIC (Nervous System) PAIN
Patients often suffer from neuropathic pain due to the damage of the nervous system during chemotherapy treatment. CBD may be effective in reducing chemotherapy induced neuropathic pain without negatively impacting the nervous system functions or the efficacy of the chemotherapy treatment.
In a clinical trial, patients given CBD during their chemotherapy treatments saw significant reduction of pain in just two weeks of regular CBD treatment.
MAY REDUCE SWELLING
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that may be beneficial to managing any swelling that may occur during chemotherapy treatment, most commonly in the hands and feet. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid systems receptors by suppressing the inflammatory response.
MAY AID WITH EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Chemotherapy patients might experience feelings of severe anxiety and possibly depression. CBD can provide support for emotional well being. Depression has been associated with a lack of function in the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating moods. CBD has proven to influence the system and giving anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects.
There are a wide range of CBD products for patients undergoing chemotherapy to choose from: capsules, tinctures and oils, patches and lotions. Speak with your physician, and if CBD is viable to try, visit our Enhanced Health Website when you’re ready.
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