Due to the growth in the number of global pollutants, including chemicals within food, cancer is on the rise in the global population. According to the Cancer Research UK website, approximately 54,800 patients were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and 390 of the patients were men. Fortunately, various types of treatment are available for the different types of cancer being diagnosed on a daily basis with many using pharmaceuticals to manage their conditions. This article will discuss the natural treatment of CBD oil as a method of treating and managing cancer.
Before a discussion of how CBD and THC oil treats cancer is conducted, the article will point out how cancer cell progress and survive. In other words, what keeps a cancer cell alive? It is seen that each cancer cell has a family of interconvertible sphingolipids managing the lifespan of the cell, also known as a sphingolipid rheostat. If the endogenous ceramide in the rheostat is high, then the cell is close to death; however, if the ceramide is low then the cell has a long lifespan.
To deal with the cancer cell, an individual can use either pharmaceuticals or natural oils. The natural oils discussed as cancer treatment are available as cannabinoids CBD and THC. The simple process for use of THC cannibinoid, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is connection to the CB1 or CB2 cannibinoid receptor on the cancer cell. Once connection has been made, the THC will cause an increase in ceramide synthesis and results in cell death.
The increase in ceramide on the cancer cell is not, contrary to layperson belief, a shift in cytotoxic chemicals but a shift in mitochondria. In the majority of cells there exists a cell nucleus with hundreds of mitochondria in the cytoplasm. The purpose of the mitochondria is to create energy for cell use; however, when the ceramide increases the mitochondria separates pushing cytochrome C out and killing a source for energy.
This change in energy synthesis contributes to the death of the cancer cell because the cell no longer produces energy. It must be noted that normal, healthy cells are not influenced by the THC because they will not produce ceramide when THC connects to the cell. It is only when there is an accumulation of ceramide that the cell will die.
Another factor to consider when discussing CBD oil as treatment is that the body can use both THC and CBD vice versa. This means that when faced with injury or illness, the amount of treatment used can be transitory. If, however, the demand is chronic as in the case of cancer, the treatment will need to have sustained pressure from the oil on homeostatic systems (the receptor cells).
Typically, CBD cannabinoids gravitate to CB2 receptors and THC to CB1 receptors. When the CB2 receptors in the spleen are connected, the body's immune system is influenced and activated. Unlike THC that kills the cancer cells using mitochondrial shifts, these receptors utilize immune cells to find and destroy cancer cells.