It has recently been revealed that hemp may be effective in treating and preventing ovarian cancer. If this is true, then this is truly an exciting development in the field of natural treatment, which is a much safer alternative to synthetic drugs that are often loaded with chemicals and can trigger harmful side effects.
Just like marijuana, hemp is a component of the cannabis sativa plant. And while marijuana is mostly used for recreational purposes due to its narcotic effects, hemp is mainly used for industrial purposes. In fact, hemp has been made into textiles, paper, clothing, food, biofuel, and many more.
The Legalization of Medical Cannabis
Over the past two decades, more than 30 states have legalized the use of medical cannabis in treating various conditions including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, anxiety disorders, and in treating the side effects of some cancer treatments.
As for hemp, although it belongs to the same plant species as the cannabis, it contains less THC, the component responsible for the feeling of high. Furthermore, some researchers believe that hemp may have similar effects to marijuana in our body.
Using Hemp to Prevent and Treat Ovarian Cancer
Interestingly enough, recent research data suggests that hemp may help treat ovarian cancer. In a lab experiment done on cultured ovarian cancer cells, it was found that the cannabinoids, which are derived from hemp, have helped reduce the cells’ ability to migrate and attack new tissues. This is very important since the cancer cells have the ability to spread to some other areas in the body and often result in fatal consequences.
Another study also shows that cannabidiol may help lower the level of the pro-inflammatory substance, which is believed to have played a role in the progression of ovarian cancer. Scientists are hoping that the hemp extract could potentially be useful one day in preventing and slowing down the development of ovarian cancer.
In another study, scientists have set out to study how hemp may actively prevent ovarian cancer. Specifically, the researchers are more interested in interleukin IL-1 beta, a chemical that’s responsible for the inflammation that’s responsible for the spread of the cancer cells. The researchers concluded that the hemp-induced modulation of the interleukin-1 beta production could play an important role in hemp’s ability to induce its anti-cancer effects.
Industrial Hemp Doesn’t Have Psychoactive Effects
Unlike marijuana, industrial hemp has no psychoactive effects since it contains less than 0.3% of the psychoactive compound known as THC, which is responsible for making a cannabis user high. In addition, hemp contains a high amount of the compound known as cannabidiol or CBD, which is said to reduce and sometimes eliminate THC’s psychoactive effects.
The 2014 US Farm Bill, also known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, has reduced the federal restrictions on cultivating industrial hemp. Furthermore, the bill allows the states that have legalized cannabis production to develop programs and research in an effort to study hemp’s many benefits.