Cancer: CBD for Malignancies
Us, dogs, and other animals with a spinal column have all been found to possess an ECS, or Endocannabinoid System. The ECS was only recently discovered (1990’s). The reason it’s called the ECS?
Scientists were learning about the marijuana plant when this system was discovered. While studying, they learned how significant of an impact CBD/THC had on this particular system in the body.
The Endocannabinoid System is literally responsible for nearly everything in the body (ours and our dog’s). We say nearly everything because it’s the system responsible for bringing everything back into homeostasis, or balance, if there is something wrong with the body. This could range from pain and inflammation to anxiety and seizures.
CBD oil and Cancer Treatment Regimens
According to Dr. Karen Becker:
“There is growing interest among pet parents and members of the veterinary community in the cancer-fighting properties of CBD (cannabidiol) oil for dogs. At the present time, there’s not enough research to say definitively that CBD oil is an effective tool against canine cancer. However, in my experience, it can absolutely enhance the benefits of a multimodal treatment plan, especially for certain types of cancer at certain stages of progression.”
Dr. Becker went on to explain the facts research has uncovered.
CBD Decreases Pain and Inflammation
CBD decreases pain and inflammation in the body. Pain and inflammation are both common with cancer. The medications commonly used, like NSAIDs (ex: ibuprofen) can have adverse effects on the body if provided frequently. Adverse effects may include GI problems, liver failure, and/or kidney failure.
If there is still pain with the CBD, but it has been reduced significantly, this will result in fewer dosages of the pharmaceutical drug hence resulting in less risk for adverse effects.
How does CBD decrease pain levels? How does CBD decrease inflammation? What is the science behind the magic?
CBD oil works with the endocannabinoid system, a system which exists in almost every living organism, providing a communication pathway to regulate homeostasis.
In addition to serving as a communicator, CBD also contains essential fatty acids including Omega-3 and Omega-6, linoleic acid, alpha-linoleic acid, and protein, which all work together as an anti-inflammatory. The CBD oil here at CBD Dog Health also contains turmeric for an extra boost of anti-inflammatory.
Cancer in Dogs: Nausea and Appetite with CBD
CBD relieves nausea and increases appetite. A large issue dogs with cancer struggle with is a lack of appetite. They have a lack of interest in their food regardless of what it is. CBD helps by increasing the dog’s appetite resulting in (hopefully) less ‘body’ being lost. We want them to keep that weight on and not see a giant decrease if we can help it.
CBD and The Immune System with Cancer
Research has shown CBD enhances the performance of the immune system. CBD increases apoptosis, or natural cell suicide, encouraging the ‘bad cells’ to be destroyed and the good ones to stay.
CBD and Tumors
Tumors have been known to shrink when CBD is utilized in a cancer treatment regimen. That’s mostly thanks to the apoptosis (cell suicide) switch being turned on.
Need more proof? 15-year-old Maltipoo, Olivia, was adopted in October 2014 at 8-years-old with moles scattered around her body. From 2014 to 2017, her moles turned into hard, scaly growths. By February 2017, she was completely covered by wart-like tumors with the largest located on her lower back above her hind leg.
Olivia was taking several prescription medications prior to her regimen with CBD Dog Health. Her new recommendation involved cleaning the tumors daily with hydrogen peroxide, then placing REMEDY Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Salve topically to each growth twice per day. She also received 1 mL of HEAL Full Spectrum Extract orally each morning.
Within two weeks, Olivia’s tumors had become significantly smaller and several had fallen off completely. The largest tumor had reduced by half. To this day, Olivia continues to take HEAL orally and REMEDY topically. Her largest tumor continues to shrink.
Another client of ours, Rocky, a 16-year-old Shih Tzu with degenerative disk disease was suffering from an inoperable tumor and arthritis.
Since he began CBD, he has begun acting like a puppy again. His inflammation has significantly decreased and he is in better overall condition. His inoperable tumor has shrunk significantly and he is no longer experiencing infections from licking the tumor area.
The Bottom Line
We have only touched the surface regarding the benefits of CBD. As research continues, more conditions are found to be significantly improved with the use of CBD as an alternative medicine. As we find out more, you will find out more with us. We are happy you are along for the journey. Stay tuned!
About Angela Ardolino
Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years and operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. She is also the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and shop. After getting her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she founded CBD Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets. Angela has seven dogs, Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle, Potato a 15-year-old shih-tzu, and Miss Daisie a 15-year-old black lab, plus 4-10 more at any time she is fostering or boarding. She uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day, and has since 2016. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Veterinary Cannabis Association and has trained hundreds medical doctors and veterinarians about the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals. Visit www.angelaardolino.com for more information.