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Can CBD oil help with skin cancer?

June 05, 2019 5 min read

Can CBD oil help with skin cancer?

We are not new to the mind-blowing benefits that CBD oil provides. Numerous studies show that CBD can be used in the process of dealing with many diseases including pain, inflammation, diabetes, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting as well as cancer. Yes, cancer, the use of CBD oil has helped with cancer for many patients, particularly skin cancer.

Though the utilization of CBD oil for recovery from cancer is widely argued due to the fact that scientists have been restricted to perform experiments with CBD oil on cancer patients and they have not found any significant evidence. But studies conducted on animals reveal that CBD can prove to be a good alternative for curing cancer. Besides, CBD oil does not really have any side effects on cancer patients, so people with cancer are willing to use CBD oil in order to take a chance to get free from this ailment.

CBD oil for cancer

Nevertheless, the debate over using CBD oil for restricting cancer is not recent. It all started back in 2008 when a documentary named “Run from the cure” was published on YouTube, covering a story of skin cancer patient Rick Simpson. In 2003, Rick Simpson was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a type of a skin cancer. He had 3 spots of cancer on his body, after having surgery and not getting satisfactory results, he planned to try something different. He once heard that the University of Virginia had discovered that cannabinoid in cannabis plant THC can help with cancer in mice, he thought why not give it a try. He then used CBD oil to tackle his cancer. He applied CBD oil on bandages and put it on his cancer spots and covered it for 4 days. When he took the bandages off, he saw that cancer was gone. But the doctors were not ready to believe him. Leaving that behind, he started producing his own CBD oil and provided it to patients who needed it. There are many patients who claim that they have been helped with their cancer by applying CBD oil to their skin. This is how it became a matter of concern that either CBD oil help with cancer or not.

Despite the patients declaring that CBD oil dealt with their cancer, but how CBD or THC works to deal with cancer is still understandable. In the human body, there are many cells and in each cell, there is a family of interconvertible sphingolipids that controls the life and death of cells. This silhouette of elements is called Sphingolipid Rheostat. If endogenous ceramide is high in the body then cell death which is called apoptosis is approaching. If ceramide is low then the cells are strong in their energy. Keeping it simple when THC a compound found in CBD oil reacts with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptor area on the cancer cell, ceramide formation is increased that results in cancer cell death and also restrict further mutation of cancerous cells. The normal healthy cells do not produce ceramide in THC existence, so healthy cells remain unaffected by cannabinoids.

CBD oil possesses anti-proliferative properties

Basically, cannabinoids present in cannabis plant and extract are anti-proliferative, that is they stop the spreading and multiplying of cancerous cells and tumour. Recent research at the Complutense University of Madrid in 2012 discovered that CBD oil has anti-metastatic effect in cancerous cells. Metastasis is a process n which cancer cells migrate from one part to another in the body and develop a new tumour, leaving behind the original site of a tumour. CBD oil has seen to block metastasis.

CBD oil restricts Angiogenesis

Moreover, a study at Vanderbilt University illustrated that non-psychoactive CBD is also anti-angiogenic. This means that CBD inhibits angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is a process that provides blood to a tumour. In this way, the tumour grows larger and larger until it kills the normal functions of the body.

CBD oil inhibits Apoptosis

Furthermore, a study published in European Journal of Pharmacology in 2013, revealed that anandamide AEA, a naturally present cannabinoid in the body restricts the growth of melanoma cells in the vitro. CBD reacts with the endocannabinoid system the same way as AEA when CBD oil is taken. So CBD can also stop the spreading of cancerous cells. Another study in 2013 was issued in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology that showed a 90 percent decrease in the skin cancerous cells in mice that used synthetic cannabinoids.

A more recent study published in 2014 in the Journal of Life Sciences that experimented whether or not THC killed or increased induced melanoma cells in mice. For this purpose, the researchers applied some tetrahydrocannabinol THC to the mice. THC is the main psychoactive element in cannabis. Then they compared these mice with normal mice. To their surprise, the size of skin cancerous cells was significantly reduced. So the researchers concluded that exogenous cannabinoids can be used for healing melanoma. By exogenous cannabinoids, it is meant that external cannabinoids like CBD or THC. CBD and THC were really helpful in dealing with skin cancer in mice. However, this research was a small experiment and it is still argued that this can be applied to humans or not.

CBD oil can deal with skin cancer

Though a lot of research has been done in favour of CBD oil to deal with cancer, scientists are still not very satisfied or they do not want to study the anti-cancerous effects of CBD oil due to legal legislation. But there are many people who are trying their best to get benefitted from CBD oil.

Rick Simpson will always be remembered as a key player of this great discovery. Even though CBD oil is not prescribed by medical professionals but Rick Simpson grows his own cannabis and extract the CBD oil and provides it to anyone who needs it. Considering the fact that CBD oil kills the cancerous cells and keeps the healthy cells normal and completely normal so applying CBD oil to the cancerous tissue is not a bad idea. By weighing the benefits of CBD oil with the side effects, cancer patients consider it a good alternative to overcome their cancer.


This article was written by an independent and third-party author specialising in CBD, hemp and cannabis research. Any opinion, advice or recommendation expressed in the article does not reflect the opinion of Formula Swiss AG or any of our employees. We do not make any claims about any of our products and refer to our disclaimer for more information.

1 Response

jin paiyon
jin paiyon

January 20, 2019

Rick Simpson oil contains high THC and a little CBD. So you can’t call RSO as CBD oil, but cannabis oil. CBD oil is hemp oil.

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