Cannabinoids for Cancer Treatment: Progress and Promise

Updated: Apr 14

First, let's start with some basics regarding the Industrial Cannabis plant:

  • The Cannabis sativa plant (aka Industrial Hemp) contains more than 120 cannabinoids and over 500+ beneficial compounds used throughout modern pharmacological therapies.

  • With the exceptions of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆9-THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), comparatively little is known about the pharmacology of the less-abundant plant-derived (phyto) cannabinoids.

What we do know, and what has been reinforced by numerous Cannabis studies throughout the scientific communities, is that cannabinoids are therapeutic in the treatments of numerous ailments including but not limited to the following:

  • Cell Proliferation,

  • Inflammation,

  • Pain Abatement,

  • Appetite,

  • Anxiety-Modulating and

  • Numerous other areas of Human Health.

Misconceptions of Industrial Hemp / Industrial Cannabis: The unknowns of ∆9-THC. ∆9-THC can cause a mind altering psychedelic effect in high dosages, but generally speaking, an Industrial Hemp compliant product will have levels of ∆9-THC below 0.3 percent. At 0.3 percent, the levels are so low, that most people will not feel a mind altering effect - but, your body will let you know if the level is too high for you and you should pay attention to your body's reaction.

Industrial Cannabis (aka Hemp) is still viewed with negative stereotypes by many first time users due to its association with ∆9-THC, but ∆9-THC is an essential cannabinoid and has many therapeutic application in various treatments so I would suggest learning more about what you specific needs/wants are regarding treatment before you rule out ∆9-THC as a potential remedy or treatment.

  • If Industrial Hemp oil does contain up to 0.3 percent of ∆9-THC it's considered to be a "Full-Spectrum" oil profile,

  • If the ∆9-THC has been mitigated to "non-detectable" levels, it is considered to be a "Broad-Spectrum" oil profile

  • ∆9-THC, even at "non-detectable" levels will builds up over time in your body's fat tissue, and from there it will slowly spreads to the blood, so if you are being tested for ∆9-THC, be mindful that all Industrial Hemp products can put you at risk during a drug test by your employer.

  • CBD Isolate is 99.7% pure CBD Crystalline - meaning that its a molecule in its purest form and most likely void of other beneficial cannabinoids like ∆9-THC, CBG, CBD, etc.

At Becalmed we believe in the whole plant and utilize Full-Spectrum oil profiles when necessary, but we still carry non-detectable ∆9-THC products in our tincture lines for those that have concerns regarding ∆9-THC. We try to avoid CBD Isolate due to the interaction between harmful chemicals used to break down the molecular bonds of the plant and the cannabinoids - industrial chemicals should not be used in natural holistic therapeutic approaches, but this is our personal belief and should not reflect your course of treatment. So what are Cannabinoids and how exactly do they help your body? Cannabinoids are a class of pharmacologic compounds that offer applications as antitumor drugs, based on the ability to limit inflammation, cell proliferation, and cell survival. In particular, emerging evidence suggests that agonists of cannabinoid receptors expressed by tumor cells may offer a novel [new] strategy to treat cancer. Here