Googling on the uses of cannabis ,your top results may border along recreational purposes
and certainly not as a cure for pancreatic cancer as suggested by this new scientific study.
The pancreas is one of the many organs in the body. It is a spongy and tube- like, located just behind the stomach.
It’s job is to secrete digestive enzymes and hormones like secretin and insulation for endocrinal functions
This type of cancer reportedly has some of the lowest survival rates.Malignant cells develop in the pancreas preventing the pancreas from performing as expected.
A recent study in mice suggests that a substance – cannabidiol, a naturally occurring cannabis compound could help remedy the problem.
CBD oil and cannabis plant Researchers are hopeful that the use of cannabidiol in treatment will improve survival rates for the cancer patients.
This type of cancer is treated by removal of affected tissue in addition to chemo but yet survival rate is still very poor.
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the United Kingdom,
and from Curtin University have conducted a study on a mouse model of pancreatic cancer, and come up with really interesting findings.
The goal of the research— to find out how cannabidiol (CBD) — a naturally occurring component of medical cannabis — alongside chemotherapy medication would improve survival chances of pancreatic cancer patients.
The researchers focused on the potential of CBD rather than another cannabis compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), because the former does not cause psychoactive effects.
In the study the researchers worked with a mouse model of pancreatic cancer, which they treated with CBD in combination with “Gemcitabine”-a chemotherapy drug.
From the experiment ,the mice treated with cannabidiol and chemo survived almost three times as long as mice from a control group treated with just chemotherapy.
“This is a remarkable result,” says Prof. Falasca -member of the research team, adding, “We found that mice with pancreatic cancer survived nearly three times longer if a constituent of medicinal cannabis was added to their chemotherapy treatment.”
“The life expectancy for pancreatic cancer patients has barely changed in the last 40 years because there are very few, and mostly only palliative care, treatments available,”
The findings of this research has greatly improved the already gaining approval of CBD by the health authorities in UK.
If further studies show that CBD is effective in improving cancer treatment, this could mean that doctors will be able to use it in cancer clinics immediately.
CBD Human Trials?
“Cannabidiol is gaining approval for use in clinics, which means we can go on with human clinical trials,” says Prof. Falasca.
In addition to the exciting results from the study, the researchers are hopeful that human trials will produce similar results.
Lastly how the combination of cannabidiol and chemo greatly reduces common side effects of chemo including nausea, pain, and vomiting.
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