Many studies are starting to show the power of Cannabidiol (CBD) on cancer – specifically on leukemia cells. In 2017 alone over 62,130 people are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Nearly 400,000 Americans live with leukemia, and the five-year survival mortality rate is nearly 35%. These statistics show the importance of finding better treatments for the disease.
The Journal of Leukemia and Lymphoma shows in a study that induced apoptosis (scheduled cell death) in a human acture myeloid leukemia HL-60 cell line. A 61% increase of apoptosis was noted after a single 24-hour treatment. However, human monocytes from normal individuals were resistant to cannabidiol, showing that it only targeted the leukemia cells, and not the person’s healthy cells.
According to a different study from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), similar results were found. “Exposure of leukemia cells to cannabidiol led to cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2)-mediated reduction in cell viability and induction in apoptosis. Furthermore, cannabidiol treatment led to a significant decrease in tumor burden and an increase in apoptotic tumors in vivo.” The study also concluded that:
“Cannabidiol-induced apoptosis and reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels could be blocked by treatment with the ROS scavengers or the NAD(P)H oxidase inhibitors. Finally, cannabidiol exposure led to a decrease in the levels of p-p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase, which could be blocked by treatment with a CB2-selective antagonist or ROS scavenger. Together, the results from this study reveal that cannabidiol, acting through CB2 and regulation of Nox4 and p22phox expression, may be a novel and highly selective treatment for leukemia.”
Just these two studies, of the dozens available, help explain why CBD may be a useful treatment for those struggling with Leukemia. As studies continue to be published, it is exciting to see the results and optimism for potential treatments using CBD.
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