Although there is much research still to be done there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence that Cannabis Oil also known as CBD Oil or cannabidiol may just hold the key to cancer treatment that is non invasive and does not have the side effects that chemotherapy and radiation treatments are well known to have. In fact so bad are these side effects that many cancer sufferers choose to forego treatment completely and rather face their impending death with dignity and the ability to enjoy their last days with dignity surrounded by family and friends.

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However, Cannabis Oil, a thick oily substance that is derived from the flowers of the Cannabis plant flowers has the potential to change treatment forever. The oil contains extremely high concentrations of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. The oil is extremely versatile and can be used in treatments that range from the use of medical standard vaporizers, to being taken in capsule form and even used as suppositories or it can be topically applied.

This makes the oil extremely well suited to treating the wide variety of cancers that occur. In many patients application in one form may not be possible – but fortunately the ability to make use of Cannabis oil in its multitude of forms is extremely useful. Aside from use as a cancer treatment Cannabis oil can be mixed with creams for anti aging and other beauty treatments.

The history of the use of cannabis is difficult to trace given that it has played a central role in many cultures for thousands of years. the plant originated in Central Asia and its first verifiable use is found in writings from China around 4000 BC, however there is archaeological evidence that the plant had been used for medicinal purposes and for its ability to stimulate mental processes much before the first written mentions of its benefits.

Today cannabis oil is used for the treatment of a wide variety of conditions including asthma, glaucoma, gout, arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and the list goes on – but it has been gathering a large amount of attention as a treatment for various forms of cancer.

Just how do the active ingredients in Cannabis oil help in the treatment of cancer? Simply put the active ingredients latch on the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the cancer cell and stimulate it to undergo ceramide synthesis. This will eventually lead to the death of the cancer cell. Normal cells do not produce substances associated with ceramide synthesis so will be unaffected by the compounds in the Cannabis oil.

The reason that cancer cells are die is because the mitochondria – the so called powerhouse of cells is affected. The mitochondria permeability is increased so that it loses cytochrome – without this essential element the cell cannot produce energy and dies.

Although as mentioned the bulk of the evidence for the effectiveness of Cannabis oil for the treatment of cancer is anecdotal at this point there are continued efforts to study its efficacy in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments, including cancer. The results of these studies have been published in such prestigious journals as the American Journal of Cancer, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and the (Journal of Clinical Investigation.

This research is ongoing, giving an indication of the level of excitement within the scientific community as to the possibilities of using Cannabis oil in treating a wide variety of chronic conditions. Combine this with the fact that Cannabis and Cannabis oil have been used for millennia in medical practice all over the globe, standing the test of time and the research is absolutely essential in further expanding our knowledge of how this substance can make a difference to thousands of lives across the globe.

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