CBD and Cancer

CBD Oil is being increasingly used in products seen everywhere. Having once only being available in supplement shops and novelty stores, they are becoming more prevalent. It comes in many forms: oils that are dropped under the tongue, roll-ons that are applied to the skin and even solutions for vaping.

But what is CBD oil exactly, and how does it affect cancer patients? Does it really treat, or even cure cancer or relieve its symptoms?

Pain relief

Both cancer and its treatment lead to widespread pain relief. The nature of the pain caused by cancer is usually due to inflammation. The pain may persist to the point where even opioids can’t help


CBD indirectly acts on the CB2 receptors, which may help with widespread pain relief by reducing inflammation. THC acts on the CB1 receptors, which may be helpful for pain resulting from nerve damage.


Cannabis and cannabinoids such as CBD may also be helpful for people with cancer who experience regular nausea and vomiting, especially when this is due to chemotherapy.

However, the anti-nausea effects of cannabis seem more related to the presence of THC rather than CBD. Therefore, if you were to try cannabis which includes THC it might be useful to prepare for the psychoactive effects that comes with its intake

Many people find relief from low doses of THC. 

Can CBD Prevent Cancer?

Some people wonder about using cannabis or CBD to prevent cancer. The national Cancer institute has taken increased efforts to try and find a conclusive result. 

An older study of 64,855 men from the United States found that cannabis use did not increase the risk of tobacco-related cancers. However, this same study also found that male cannabis users who never smoked tobacco had an increased risk of prostate cancer.

On the other hand, the authors of a 2015 study found a promising relationship between cannabis and bladder cancer. After adjusting for several factors, they found that that cannabis users had a 45-percent lower risk of developing bladder cancer.

While research has shown that cannabis smoke still produces carcinogens, the link between inhaled marijuana and cancer remains inconclusive.

Author: Ajay Jeevan