Medicinal cannabis 'may improve survival' of pancreatic cancer patients
Medicinal cannabis 'may improve survival' of pancreatic cancer patients
Marco Falasca. Credit Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund
02 August, 2018, 13:12
As it is, about 80 percent of patients are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at a late stage. "The widespread apparent use of cannabis as a sleep aid underscores the importance of further medical research regarding its risk-benefit profile and the effectiveness of cannabis as a substitute for other substances, including alcohol, over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids, and scheduled medications (e.g., opioids and sedatives), many of which are used in part as sleep aids".
"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".
Mice with pancreatic cancer that were treated with medical cannabis and chemotherapy survived nearly three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study.
CBD does not contain the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is present in cannabis and is responsible for associated psychoactive effects. Clinical trials are needed to confirm whether or not CBD improves survival rates of pancreatic cancer patients.
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In research led by Curtin University and Queen Mary University of London scientists, the results of testing of mice with a form of cancer very similar to that of pancreatic cancer in humans is quite astounding.
Marco Falasca of QMUL. However if you want to make a cannabis beer in California, you'll have to make sure it's non-alcoholic.
Researchers stated that CBD may be able to improve quality of life for pancreatic cancer patients and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy in general, researchers said, as it is known for improving, or reducing, side effects associated with chemotherapy such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
He commissioned the review after two high profile cases, including that of epileptic 12-year-old Billy Caldwell, whose mother had seven bottles of cannabis oil that helped combat his seizures confiscated at Heathrow Airport.
Study author Professor Nick Lemoine, from Barts Cancer Institute, told the Evening Standard: 'We have achieved what appears to be cures in the animal models, but this still remains early days.
The research was supported by the United Kingdom charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and also involved researchers from The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Scotland.
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