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Cannabis Shows Potential For Prostate Cancer Treatment Support

August 17, 2020 05:27 pm ET
Cannabis Shows Potential For Prostate Cancer Treatment Support

Prostate cancer is a very serious subject. According to cancer.org statistics it is estimated that one out of nine men will be diagnosed having prostate cancer at some point throughout their life. That equals nearly 3 million cases in the U.S. each year. African American males and older men are more likely to develop prostate cancer. It’s estimated that about six out of 10 cases of prostate cancer are found in those 65 years of age and older. Prostate cancer is considered very rare in males under the age of 40.

Prostate Cancer Explained

There are four different stages to prostate cancer according to hopkinsmedicine.org. They are T1, T2, T3, and T4.  During the T1 stage of prostate cancer the cancer can be seen using a trans-rectal ultrasound or a CT scan. During the T2 stage a physician can feel the size of the tumor. By T3, the cancer has spread reaching seminal vesicles. At the time of the final stage or T4 the cancer has spread into other areas such as the pelvic wall, rectum, urethral sphincter, or bladder.

The treatment for prostate cancer currently depends on the stage the cancer is in. A combination of hormone therapy, radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, and other treatment methods will begin upon discovery of the disease. The typical surgical process is called Laparoscopic prostatectomy. Along with surgeries medical procedures such as radiation therapy and brachytherapy are utilized. Medications at home are administered to help urinary retention, bone health, chemotherapy, and hormone associated therapy. In worst-case scenarios after all of these options are exhausted supportive palliative care monitoring and management are often utilized.

Prostate Cancer

There are supposed to be potential warning signs of having prostate cancer. If you experience burning or painful ejaculation or urination, urinate frequently at night, have difficulty starting or stopping urination, find blood in your semen or urine or suddenly develop erectile dysfunction you may want to see a doctor and get checked out as soon as possible. Early detection is the key in helping live a healthy life after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Could Cannabis Help Prostate Cancer Patients?

A lot of people see the information about cannabis on the internet helping those with cancer. Naturally this raises the question of does cannabis help with all cancers or just one particular type? The answer isn’t what everyone wants to hear. Cannabis may or may not help you beat your cancer. It is not the cure-all for everyone. Some people will experience remarkable results seeing their cancer completely go in remission and or disappear. Other people can do exactly what someone else did and see virtually little to no results. For many people, the path to healing with cannabis is one of exploration. It is trial and error with various strains of cannabis, particular methods of delivery, as well as learning about how much they need to obtain the relief they’re after.

A recent study published in the US National Library Of Medicine National Institutes Of Health looked into the potential applications of cannabinoids and the role they might play in helping patients with prostate cancer. Research in this study suggests that THC and CBD have the greatest analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity in infected cancer cells. The study goes on to look at many different aspects of prostate cancer and cannabinoid therapies. They look at how CB1 and CB2 receptors interact with cancerous cells. After an in-depth study the main takeaway from the conclusion would be that according to researchers,

“…it would be of interest to conduct clinical trials involving medical cannabis or other cannabinoid agonist, comparing clinical markers such as PSA with controls, especially in men with bone metastatic prostate cancer, whom would not only benefit from the possible anti-angiogenic effects of cannabinoids but also from analgesia of bone pain, improving quality of life, while reducing narcotic consumption and preventing opioid dependence.”

People Have Been Using Cannabis to Help Beat Cancer for Years Now

Despite not having a medical degree, regular people like me and you have been treating symptoms associated with cancer for many years with the help of cannabis. I don’t mean that people are kicking cancer just by smoking ‘doobies’ either. Some of those who have found success at beating cancer with cannabis have done so using cannabis oil or RSO as it’s called, which is short for Rick Simpson Oil.

RSO is a thick black or dark green oil extracted from cannabis using alcohol. The oil produced is then taken in a specific regimen over a specific amount of time. During this time, you must not miss a single dose or you risk losing all progress and having to starting all over. Rick Simpson has a website where you can read all the details about how he discovered cannabis oil and even put the recipe out there for you and me.

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