California-based naturopathic oncologist Moses Goldberg, ND recently advocated cannabidiol (CBD) as a beneficial form of treatment for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. In an op-ed published in Bohemian.com, an online lifestyle magazine focused on Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties, Dr. Goldberg described the cannabinoid as a potential “ally in an integrative approach to cancer and coping with and combating the side effects of conventional cancer-fighting therapies.”
CBD is one the most abundant of the more than 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants like hemp. Unlike the well-known psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-psychoactive, so patients can incorporate it into their treatment regimens without concern that it’ll cause a “high.”
While noting that research into medical cannabinoids remains in its early stages, Dr. Goldberg addsed that the findings in the limited studies that have been conducted so far are promising.
“Nonetheless, pre-clinical data and empirical clinical observations present compelling evidence that medicinal cannabis with cannabinoid (CBD) can have a positive effect on people undergoing conventional treatment for breast cancer,” he writes.
Studies have found, Dr. Goldberg explained, that CBD can ease the negative side effects of chemotherapy – including pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, and constipation – as well as “fight against breast cancer tumors by reducing the inflammatory pathways that increase tumor growth.” There’s even evidence that traditional anti-cancer drugs are more effective when they’re administered with CBD, he said.
Dr. Goldberg, who practices at the Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa, added that he’s seen his own breast cancer patients benefit first-hand rom cannabinoids, although some have reported “feelings of dizziness, nausea or having their heart race.”
“I tell my patients that they must consult with their oncologist or primary-care physician to see if CBD is right for them,” he concluded.
Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, ECHO is providing educational content on the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD. Previously, we looked at studies investigating the prevalence of medical cannabinoid use among patients with cancer, evidence of the compound’s acidic precursors being beneficial for preventing the spread of aggressive breast cancer cells, and what the National Cancer Institute says about its therapeutic properties.
You can learn even more about CBD and what research has found about its therapeutic potential for breast cancer by visiting our education page.
Do you have specific questions about using CBD for breast cancer? We also invite you to join our ECHO Community, an online community where you can create a free profile and connect with physicians and others who have used or are using cannabinoids for health purposes.
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