Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the 113 chemical compounds found in marijuana and makes up 40% of the plant extract. Unlike THC, the chemical component that gives smokers a “high” feeling, cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, so the mood of people who use it will not change. However, according to medical research, diffusing CBD oil can be very helpful in alleviating some of the symptoms of lung cancer, such as pain and nausea, which can be extremely distressing.
What causes lung cancer?
Although the majority of patients begin to struggle with the disease as a result of smoking, some develop lung cancer after exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring carcinogenic mineral that has formed the basis of many occupations over the past century, including boilermakers, power plant operators, asbestos miners, shipyard workers and welders.
After inhaling microscopic asbestos fibers, a person does not show any symptoms immediately, but lung cancer can develop within 15 to 35 years as the mineral gradually causes inflammation and scarring of the tissues. Eventually, the inflammation and tissue scarring will lead to the development of malignant tumors in one or both lungs.
Benefits of CBD Oil for Lung Cancer Patients
People battling lung cancer seem to be the ones who benefit the most from the pain-relieving properties of common CBD oil. In 2019, a study that focused on an 81-year-old man suffering from lung cancer revealed that CBD oil played a significant role in reducing the size of his tumors. Although the study was a single study, it provides important information about the effect of CBD oil on tumor growth in lung cancer patients and a starting point for further medical research.
Whether a person has lung cancer due to asbestos exposure or smoking, CBD oil can also be extremely effective in fighting pain and relieving side effects of chemotherapy such as fatigue, nausea, headaches and nerve pain.
How to use CBD oil if you are fighting lung cancer
If you are suffering from lung cancer and decide to use CBD oil to relieve your pain, you will first need a device to diffuse it. Oil diffusers are widely available for purchase. Their prices vary depending on the technology used. They diffuse CBD oil into the air as a fine vapor so you can inhale it.
By diffusing a few drops of CBD oil into water and allowing the vapor to enter the body through the respiratory system, lung cancer patients will notice a significant reduction in pain levels.
What do lung cancer patients say about CBD oil diffusion?
Given that the use of CBD oil to manage lung cancer pain is becoming increasingly popular, we asked 64-year-old Michelle D. to tell us about her experiences with CBD oil.
“I have been suffering from non-small cell lung cancer for over a year. The cause of my diagnosis was asbestos. I worked in a textile factory in the 1970s and was exposed there. Shortly after I found out I had cancer, I decided to try as many alternative treatments as possible in addition to chemotherapy. Three months ago I discovered CBD oil and it is honestly one of the best alternative medicines I have found so far. I diffuse it several times a week, usually when I get home from chemotherapy, and it helps my symptoms a lot. My pain is more tolerable and my nausea is gone.” says Michelle D.
About the Author
As a purchasing associate at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C., a Birmingham, Alabama law firm specializing in toxic exposure litigation, Eddie Perry is responsible for mailing client correspondence, handling supplies, performing maintenance, and on-site visits to clients unable to come to the office in person for health reasons. With over 15 years of professional experience, he has also witnessed the horrific effects of occupational asbestos exposure in his family.