By Meredith Summers | June 27, 2018
Cervical cancer refers to the development of cancer cells in the uterus. It’s unclear why exactly this occurs in every circumstance, but appears can be brought about by anything from taking birth control to excessive smoking. The most famous reason for cervical cancer has to be HPV, a virus that most women will have at some point but that usually goes away on its own. Thankfully, the occurrence of this diseases has plunged by half after cancer screening methods became more universally adopted.
But even considering the good news, 13,000 women in America are diagnosed with an invasive form of the cancer, with 5-year survival rates of about 67%. It usually attacks women between the ages of 35 and 44, and causes about 4,000 deaths every year. The earlier the disease is detected, the more likely it is that doctors will find a way to combat the cancer or pre-cancer cells. However doctors still struggle with finding the right treatment methods to fight the disease effectively.
If the cancer starts to spread, the survival rates drop dramatically, so early prevention is really important. Conventional treatment ranges from surgery to radiation, and there are also clinical studies that cervical cancer patients may be able to enroll in. However, there may be alternative methods available that are far less drastic. See how some studies show that CBD oil may be effective at combating cervical cancer cells.
In a university in South Africa, researchers used various types of cannabis to treat cervical cancer cells either in a test tube or through cultural analysis. They primarily found that general cannabis appeared to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, but it seemed as though the cells treated with CBD oil in particular actually had a higher chance of self-imploding on themselves. This study showed that it was isolated CBD oil that seemed to do the trick, as opposed to CBD oil that was corrupted with other treatment methods or compounds. The study called for additional research to be done on the topic, following the incredible results they found.
Still Up in the Air
Unfortunately, this study isn’t enough to advise people to use CBD oil to treat their cervical cancer. We’re certain that someone is trying it somewhere in the world but even if it works, that doesn’t make it a good idea. In fact, none of the studies that have been completed on cancer are enough to recommend CBD oil over more conventional treatment. While most of the studies have returned positive results and a wealth of good press for CBD oil, we still don’t know enough about it.
One theory is that CBD oil works with the mitochondria in the cancer cells. It somehow seems to ‘know’ when the most functional parts of the cell are under too much pressure. Once the oil ‘sees’ that a cell is past the point of no return and nothing can bring it back to good health, it will kill it off. So it’s on the side of the human body and not on the side of the cancer cells. Sound too good to be true? You may be right. It very well may be too good to be true. The efficacy rates may be so low that it’s not even worth paying attention to, or the studies may only work in a test tube vacuum.. But the truth is CBD oil does seem to be working in both labs and households around the world. If there’s any chance at all that CBD can treat unhealthy cells while leaving healthy cells alone, then there’s every reason in the world to try.