Research Shows Help May Help Treat and Prevent Ovarian
By Ty Bollinger
article in U.S. News revealed that hemp may be useful in the treatment
and prevention of ovarian cancer. This is an exciting development
demonstrating the power of natural treatment – a much safer alternative to
dangerous drugs and synthetic chemicals.
Like marijuana, hemp is a variety of cannabis sativa.
But while marijuana was engineered for its narcotic effects, hemp has been
cultivated for centuries for its industrial uses. Industrial hemp can be
refined into items such as paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics,
paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.
Over the past two decades, no less than 30 U.S. states have
legalized the use of medical marijuana to treat multiple sclerosis, epilepsy,
anxiety disorders, fibromyalgia, and even some of the side effects of cancer
But what about hemp?
Because it belongs to the same species as marijuana and
contains most of the same chemicals (known as cannabinoids), some researchers
believe that hemp might have similar actions to marijuana in our body.
Promisingly, the recent research data suggests that hemp may
help to combat ovarian cancer. In one laboratory experiment on cultured ovarian
cancer cells, the hemp-derived cannabinoid known as cannabidiol reduced
their ability to migrate and invade new tissues. Both of these properties
are important indicators of a cancer cell’s ability to metastasize, or spread
to other areas of the body, usually with fatal consequences.
study showed that cannabidiol lowers levels of a
pro-inflammatory substance that is believed to play a role in the
development of ovarian cancer.
Industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of the
psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC.
Additionally, hemp also contains high levels of a related compound known as
cannabidiol (CBD), which reduces and sometimes even eliminates the psychoactive
effects of THC.
However, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), signed into
law by President Nixon in 1970, labeled all variants of cannabis – including
hemp and marijuana – as Schedule 1 drugs, which is the same level assigned to
cocaine and heroin. This made it a federal crime to import, cultivate, possess,
or use either of these two plants.
Fortunately, the Agricultural Act of 2014 – also known as
the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill – reduces federal restrictions on growing industrial
hemp. Further, it allows any states that have legalized its manufacturing to
set up research programs to study its benefits.
We’ve talked about the power of
cannabis before, including the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids
found in hemp. As restrictions are lifted, we are able to learn more about this
amazing plant. Patients have a choice in their treatment, and we hope that this
new research provides an effective and natural way to prevent and fight cancer.