What is cannabis oil? Is it beneficial for curing skin cancer?
These are some of the questions that tend to haunt the mind of people who are suffering from the dreaded skin cancer. There are so much conflicting information available on the web about cannabis oil and its supposed benefits that people tend to get confused easily. Of course, cannabis oil has numerous benefits but that does not mean it is the perfect panacea for all your problems.
Just a few years back, the very idea of taking cannabis to treat medical conditions was looked down upon by a vast majority of people in the medical industry. But things have changed significantly in the last few years. All credit goes to the cancer-curing agents found in the all-organic cannabis oil!
However, people around the world are well aware of the benefits provided by the CBD Oil. A number of studies have been conducted in the last few years on CBD show that CBD oil can help deal with a number of medical conditions like – chemotherapy-induced nausea, diabetes, inflammation, pain and even cancer. Yes, you heard it right! CBD oil is now being widely used for treating cancer patients; more particularly patients suffering from skin cancer.
But several research papers and thesis’ are also found online, producing puzzling views on the effectiveness of cannabis oil for the treatment of skin cancer. So what is cannabis oil? Is it really effective for treating a serious medical condition like skin cancer?
What is Cannabis Oil?
Cannabis oil is primarily a thick and sticky substance that comes from the cannabis plant. This oil is made from the extracts of the plant and while the normal or regular use of cannabis oil is not legally approved in most of the countries; their medicinal applications are legally accepted in some places – especially in European countries.
How can Cannabis Oil be Used?
Cannabis oil can be taken in multiple ways including oral ingestion, vaporization into lungs, topical applications, or can also be used as a suppository. Plus, you too can mix it with salves or creams for beauty treatments. However, all these applications of cannabis oil are legally regulated.
A Quick Look on Skin Cancer
Skin cancer lacks any resolute treatments as of now. Skin cells that get damaged by the UV radiation, either from the sun or tanning beds, tend to grow unrestrained and this uninhibited growth of skin-damaged cells leads to skin cancer. The affected cells then start multiplying at a rapid pace and this leads to the formation of malignant tumors.
Skin cancer comes in several forms including:
- Actinic Keratosis (AK)
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
- Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC)
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
How Does it all Start?
The central claim surrounding cannabis oil is that it treats skin cancer in the early stages. It all dates back to 2008, when a documentary titled as “Run from the cure” was uploaded on YouTube, describing a story of Rick Simpson who was suffering from cancer since 2003. As shown in the video, after Rick Simpson was diagnosed with skin cancer, he started applying cannabis – CBD oil – to his face and neck.
As said by Simpson, this oil worked magically, and his cancerous spots were healed within a few weeks. As mentioned in Rick Simpson’s website, oil made from a particular type of cannabis, called Cannabis Indica, is capable of producing a sedative effect that helps to suppress the growing cancer cells in the body. Apart from cancer; cannabis oil also has positive impacts on some other ailments like:
Do Researches Question the use of Cannabis Oil for Treating Skin Cancer?
When it comes to curing skin cancer, cannabis oil’s use and effectiveness are often questioned. The utilization of this oil for healing and treating skin cancer is broadly squabbled because of the restrictions that scientists have put on performing experiments with cannabis. So far, experimenting with this oil on cancer patients is strictly moderated and regulated by the government, and till now; no significant evidence is found to verify its effectiveness to treat skin cancer.
A number of clinical trials were conducted on animals with cannabis oil and it looked like cannabis oil can be proved as an excellent alternative to cure skin cancer in its early stages. However, further studies and research are needed to verify this. The growing acceptance of cannabis oil to treat different types of skin cancer has something to do with its minimal side effects. At the early stage of skin cancer, patients can apply cannabis oil on to their skins as it does not have any major side effect as stated earlier. But of course, always consult with your doctor before doing so.
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