Cannabis Oil – A Viable Cancer Treatment Option To Chemotherapy?
Marijuana certainly has a bad repute and is considered to be a harmful drug that everyone needs to keep away from. However, in the last few years, the concept of the medicinal advantage of cannabis has become quite a hot topic for debate. There has been the talk of how the marijuana plant, as well as, the oil from its seeds can help with several ailments such as glaucoma, arthritis, and Parkinson's disease. On the other hand, what gets more exciting here is that the cannabis oil could prove to be a viable alternative treatment for cancer patients.
Medical Marijuana History
It is a recent terminology that has been coined for the medical use of marijuana; however, the idea of using it for this particular purpose is not very new. For thousands of years literally, people have been cultivated this plant. There is male and a female too – the female one is called as marijuana. Different evidence suggests the use of marijuana in earlier times. For example, more than 2 pounds of cannabis was found within a 2700-year-old shaman grave in the Central Asian region.
Several different cultures have varied purposes set for the marijuana plant, all of them relating to some sort of a medicine or therapy.
The Plant Has Been Outlawed
It was not until the year 1939 when Congress passed a law that prohibited the Americans from using the cannabis even for recreational or therapeutic purposes. Later in the 70s, the plant was officially classified as a controlled substance. Both the conventional and naturopathic communities could not consider its use because of it.
However, now there are states that are legalizing the use of medical cannabis with a lot more experimentation being done in this regard. And so far, users’ state that the cannabis oil surely does wonders fighting against the cancer cells. It proves to be a viable alternative to cancer treatment today.
How Does It Work?
The THC component in the cannabis oil connects it to the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors present within the cancerous cells. This causes an incursion of ceramide synthesis, which makes the cancer cells to die. The best thing about this unlike chemotherapy is that the cannabis oil only adversely affects the cancer cells and not the healthy ones. Normal cells in the body do not produce ceramide when they are exposed to the THC, which is why they go untouched.