Delta 8 THC, Medical Marijuana, Cannabinnoids, and Cancer Research

Delta 8 THC, Medical Marijuana, Cannabinnoids, and Cancer Research
Delta 8 THC, Medical Marijuana, Cannabinnoids, and Cancer Research
First of all, it is not the intention of this blog post to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease. Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the information in this blog post. Please, do your own research, and follow the recommendations of your healthcare professionals.

With that said, the fascinating information presented here is a look into scientific research regarding cannabinoids and cancer.

Medical Marijuana and Cancer

You might be aware that medical marijuana is often prescribed to cancer patients. In fact, well over half of the states have legalized medical marijuana. Cannabis can be used to alleviate the symptoms of both emotional and physical pain. Moreover, cannabis has proven useful in treating the side effects of conventional cancer treatments.

For example, researchers found that cannabinoids were more effective for reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea than prescription medications. Cannabinoids have also proven effective at stimulating the appetite of cancer patients. Furthermore, medical marijuana can help to reduce pain and improve mood.

Delta-9 THC has also been shown to inhibit the growth of certain types of lung cancer and leukemia. Researchers have also found that cannabinoids can have a positive effect on certain types of breast cancer.

However, most of this research involves the effect of delta-9 THC on the body's cannabinoid receptors. But, with the introduction of CBD and delta-8 THC products, science is now expanding research into other cannabinoids.

Cancer Research and Delta-8 THC

Studies have found that delta-8 THC can also inhibit the growth of certain types of tumors, in the same way as delta-9. This includes not only cancerous tumors but also benign tumors.

Likewise, delta-8 THC can help to reduce nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy. In fact, an Israeli study proposed the use of delta-8 THC for pediatric cancer patients to reduce nausea and vomiting.

However, research into the healing effects of delta-8 THC remains limited at this time. But, with the increased availability of nano delta-8 gummies and other products, research is bound to catch up.

CBD and Cancer Research

Like delta-9 and delta-8 THC, CBD can inhibit tumors and is useful in reducing nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy.

In fact, there have been quite a few studies demonstrating the benefits of CBD to cancer patients.

How do Cannabinoids Influence the Body?

Humans, and other animals, have what is called the endocannabinoid system. This endocannabinoid system is composed of receptors, CB1 and CB2 receptors, found throughout the central nervous system. Cannabis interacts with these receptors to regulate and influence many functions within the body, including:
  • The immune system
  • Inflammation and pain relief
  • Stress response, and our mood
  • Memory and cognitive function
  • Sleep patterns
  • Neuroprotection
  • The gastrointestinal tract, including appetite, nausea, and vomiting
  • Cell life and death, which in turn, influences cancer
While CB1 receptors mostly influence cognitive function and mood, CB2 receptors reduce inflammation and influence the immune system. When you use CBD oil, consume delta-8 gummies, or smoke medical marijuana, the cannabinoids bind to these receptors. In this way, the cannabinoids found in both hemp and marijuana can have a profound effect on both our physical and emotional well-being.

Cannabinoids and Cancer

You'll find CB1 and CB2 receptors on both normal cells and cancer cells. Research has found that endocannabinoid dysfunction plays a role in many diseases, including cancer. Stimulating the endocannabinoid receptors can sometimes activate an anti-tumor response. However, cannabinoids, such as CBD, delta-8, and delta-9 THC, may only have a positive effect on certain types of cancer. In fact, cannabinoids can accelerate the proliferation of some types of cancer cells. With that in mind, consult your doctor and do your own research before using cannabis and cannabis derivatives as an anti-tumor agent.

Your doctor may simply recommend using medical marijuana or a delta-8 product to reduce the side effects of other cancer treatments. If you live in a state with medical marijuana, your referring physician will be able to advise you. If not, seek out the advice of a sympathetic healthcare provider familiar with the topic.

Cannabinoids for a Better Life

The health benefits of the cannabis plant are truly coming to the forefront these days. If you do not suffer from cancer, you can still benefit from cannabinoids, including delta-8 THC. As we've noted, the endocannabinoid system also influences sleep patterns, mood, and the body's pain response. If you suffer from chronic pain, or insomnia, or need an emotional lift, CBD or delta-8 THC might help you.

You may not realize it, but delta-8 THC products are derived from CBD. An additional processing step, such as the R134a extraction method, further refines CBD into delta-8. The R134a extraction method uses the same propellant gas found in asthma inhalers. This creates a pure, potent delta-8 product.

While CBD does not produce a high, delta-8 THC does. While only half as strong as delta-9 THC found in marijuana, the delta-8 high is often called pleasant and uplifting. That mild, euphoric high might be just enough to lift you out of a funk.

Like CBD, delta-8 THC is reputed to relieve pain. For fast relief, try delta-8 vapes. But, try delta-8 gummies for a slower, but longer-lasting relief.

Everything Old is New Again

From its origins in East Asia to Western Europe and the Middle East, our ancestors were well aware of the healing properties of cannabis. For thousands of years, cannabis was considered a healing plant. For example, nearly 2,000 years ago, the Chinese mixed powdered cannabis flowers with wine to create an aesthetic. In ancient India, cannabis was used to heal everything from headaches, insomnia, stomach aches, and pain. In fact, every part of the cannabis plant, from the roots to the seeds, was used in ancient medicine.

It's only been during the last two hundred years that “weed” has been demonized. Fortunately, that trend has been reversed, and science is taking this ancient, healing plant seriously. More and more studies are underway, on cannabis and its derivatives. Not only that, more and more states are legalizing medical marijuana, recreational weed, and derivatives such as delta-8 THC. It may only be a matter of time before cannabis is legal everywhere.

Use Cannabis and Cannabinoids Responsibly

Whether you need to recover from a devastating disease, or simply need a mood lift, cannabis can be a useful herb on your healing journey. But, while cannabis and its derivatives are generally safe, they must still be used responsibly. That includes consulting your doctor if you want to try cannabis for a medical condition, such as cancer. Once again, it's not the intention of this article to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease, or to give advice. Please, do your own research, and follow the recommendations of your healthcare professionals.

If you can not legally obtain medical marijuana, CBD and delta-8 THC products could be viable alternatives. While CBD is legal in every state, however, the same is not true for delta-8 THC. Check not only with your healthcare provider but also check to make sure you can legally buy delta-8 in your state.

Also, while delta-8 THC is generally half as strong as the delta-9 found in marijuana, do not drive under the influence, and do not use it at work. Also, make sure to store your delta-8 gummies safely away from children and pets. It might not be as strong as marijuana, but it is still potent.

Finally, only buy full-spectrum delta-8 products made from organic hemp, preferably processed with the R134a method. This will help to ensure the quality and safety of the products. You'll get the most benefit from pure delta-8 produced from the highest quality hemp plants.