It’s highly likely that you may have heard ‘Cannabis oil’ being mentioned recently and more so about its link to cancer. The media has been all over it but the confusion is still ripe. Hopefully we can clarify some of this with this post on UK Cannabis oil and cancer confusion in the UK.
Firstly Cannabis oil and CBD oil are NOT the same product. Yes, they are produced from the same plant, however there is one big difference; Cannabis oil also contains THC (the bit that gets you high) whereas CBD oil doesn’t (other than a miniscule irrelevant amount). It is Cannabis oil that has been making the headlines as far as cancer stories go.
More so because Cannabis oil is currently illegal in the UK whereas CBD oil is not. Cannabis oil can be prescribed by doctors for medicinal use in rare cases but you will have to jump through hoops to get this authorised, hence why these stories make the papers and media news.
The belief by many is that Cannabis oil can and does cure cancer although as yet there are no inconclusive official reports to back this. As much as users have proclaimed it to have cured them completely the powers that be are a little reluctant to confirm or research this in detail. Thus adding to the confusion.
Nobody with any relevant credentials has stated that Cannabis oil will definitely cure cancer and nether have they stated that it definitely won’t so the jury is still out on this and may stay out for a while. For every one person that claims it has worked for them there is most likely another person that says it hasn’t.
A bit of online research into these testimonials does show though that the majority of users who have benefitted did so in the early diagnoses stages rather than once the cancer had spread too far. Again these are mainly undocumented reports but begs the question of why would anyone want to lie about this, especially without any financial gain?
Whether it does work or not one thing is certain. Everybody is different and everyone will respond to Cannabis oil differently. It comes down to how our bodies own receptors interact with the Cannabis oil and what effect this then has on our health. Other than cancer treatment users have described benefits ranging from nothing to better sleep to chronic pain help to helping with epilepsy, seizures and much more.
Understandably, many people want to try anything that may help treat their own, or a loved one’s, cancer/illness– particularly if things aren’t going well with conventional treatments. Cannabis oil is only one of a number of treatments people might try but certainly one that is growing in demand daily.
If you are thinking about using cannabis oil, there are some important things to keep in mind:
- Buying it online can be risky. One reason for this is because you don’t know what you are getting, for example how pure it is or what else it contains
- There are side effects of using cannabis oil. THC can increase your heart rate, cause dizziness, hallucinations, paranoia and make you feel ‘stoned’. They may also interact with other drugs
- The cannabinoid delta-9-tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) and products that contain THC are illegal in the UK
It is due to the third point above (the illegality of it) that CBD oil has suddenly become so popular In the UK. Since the UK legalised the sale of CBD products sales have soared immensely and are set to rocket even higher over the next couple of years.
The beauty of CBD oil is that it still contains all the key ingredients of Cannabis oil – just not the THC element. It is believed the THC helps more with the cancer side of treatment while CBD works for pretty much everything else. Having said that the number of users claiming that CBD oil alone has helped eliminate early cancer is also increasing.
This remains a fascinating subject and hopefully a little more clarity will emerge over the next twelve months or so. In the meantime one thing that we can safely say is that if you use CBD the side effects are zero to minimal but the claimed benefits are huge.
And finally always seek medical advice first before if you are not sure about anything.