ALL stimulates the excess production of lymphocytes. These white blood cells can’t fight infection effectively, building up in your bone marrow and blood, reducing the room for your healthy blood cells. Similar to AML, this type of leukemia may cause easy bleeding, anemia, and infections. ALL typically shows up and worsens in a very short time span.
CBD-induced drug interaction is another concern for patients with leukemia. CBD inhibits the activity of the cytochrome p450, a system of enzymes that metabolize active ingredients in medications. If you take any medication that has a grapefruit warning on it, you probably shouldn’t take it along with CBD oil. Consult a doctor to reduce the likelihood of such events.
First, everybody is different; your age, gender, weight, metabolism, eating habits, and severity of your leukemia symptoms will all influence your effective dosage range. According to some researchers, a low dose of CBD ranges from less than 1 mg to 50 mg/kg/day.
Symptoms of Leukemia
CBD is an acknowledged adaptogenic compound with minimal side effects. Many international health agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), have reported that CBD is well tolerable in humans, even in doses as high as 1,500 daily over the course of several weeks. When taken in regular doses, CBD oil doesn’t have adverse reactions. However, large doses may cause the following side effects:
Considering the above, CBD oil may be able to lay the ground for healthy white cell production by creating the right environment for them to thrive.
CBD oil has a dense nutritional content that may help ease the symptoms of leukemia among other health conditions. Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain particularly high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, proteins, and essential fatty acids on top of terpenes, terpenoids, and minerals. All these compounds may promote optimal health.
Dosing CBD is a tricky job for several reasons.
Leukemia, like most other cancers, can take a toll on a person’s psychological health. Stress, however, may exacerbate symptoms. Therefore, it’s important to help keep your stress levels in check.
Cannabidiols might also work with the CB2 receptors in a way that helps the body determine if a cell is useful or detrimental. This again may be helping with the destruction of unhealthy cells.
There are studies that show promise that have identified how abnormal cells are produced. In addition to this, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system enabling, or helping itself to restore to a state of homeostasis. The body already has a process to manage dead cells, and damaged cells, and a healthy lifestyle only helps the body processes.
CBD oil has a long history of being used as an anti-inflammatory. Cannabinoids might work by reducing inflammation that may be caused by treatments that may be inhibiting CB2 receptors throughout the body and the brain.
Most patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy reportedly have a low appetite. Most of these treatments cause nausea and vomiting; another aspect that may force a patient not to want to eat.
Cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, is a compound obtained from the cannabis plant (also referred to as hemp or marijuana) through distillation. Although a product of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, CBD doesn’t have the psychoactive properties that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) has, which is why hemp extracted CBD that contains federal legal limits of THC (three-tenths of one-percent or less) does not have psychoactive effects.
Red blood cells are responsible for transporting food nutrients, oxygen, and other vital components to various parts of the body. Therefore, a low RBC count can put an individual’s health at risk.
In the discussion portion of the case report, the authors noted,
Because the family received no other suggestions for treatment beyond palliative care, they decided to do research on their own, stumbling on a paper published in Nature Reviews: Cancer in 2003 titled, “Cannibinoids: Potential Anti-Cancer Agents,” which encouraged them to administer oral cannabinoid extracts to the patient. According to the case report:
After undergoing a protracted series of unsuccessful conventional treatments over the course of 34 months – including a bone marrow transplant, aggressive chemotherapy and radiation therapy — the girl’s case was pronounced ‘incurable,’ with the patient’s hematologist/oncologist stating that she “suffers from terminal malignant disease,” expecting her condition to progress rapidly towards death.
The figure below shows the successful suppression of the blast cells using cannabis extract.
Clearly, the cannabis extract was effective at inhibiting the uncontrolled proliferation of the girl’s leukemia, without the highly toxic side effects of conventional treatment.
A remarkable case report documents a 14-year old girl who, after 34-months of chemo, radiation and bone marrow transplant treatments, was given up for dead. Her family discovered research on cannabis extract, and before she died of a secondary complication of her original treatment, used it successfully to put her leukemia into remission.
Remarkably, however, just such a case was reported in Case Reports in Oncology last year, and involved a 14-year girl diagnosed with a form of cancer of the white blood cells known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).