CBD and Cancer

By:  Peninah Feldman and Mary Ellen Russell, Mesa Lavender FarmsCBD and Cancer

Why not Conventional Pharmaceuticals?

Anxiety and depression are commonly treated with pharmaceutical drugs which cause side effects including but not limited to drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and headaches. Common adverse effects included withdrawal (73.5%) sexual dysfunction (71.8%) and considerable weight gain (65.3%). Adverse emotions are common effects such as; feeling emotionally numb (64.5%) and addiction to pharmaceutical drugs (43%).  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4970636

Common medications used for anxiety and depression such as benzodiazepine can be addictive and lead to substance abuse. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4657308

Benzodiazepine can cause problems including an altered state, misuse, dependency, driving impairment, morbidity, and mortality related to overdose and withdrawal. Older patients have been associated with cognitive decline, dementia, and risk of falls. There is evidence of increased mortality with long-term use of benzodiazepine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4657308

CBD and Cancer – Nausea and Vomiting

Preclinical research indicates that cannabinoids, including CBD, may be effective clinically for treating both nausea and vomiting produced by chemotherapy or other therapeutic treatments. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21175589/

Some evidence shows that cannabis-based medicines such as oral CBD tinctures have been very effective in treating symptoms of nausea and delayed nausea and vomiting in children receiving chemotherapy treatment.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165951/

Evidence from animal experiments suggests that cannabinoids may be especially useful in treating the difficult to control symptoms of nausea and nausea caused from the anticipation of preparing for chemo-therapy treatments, which are symptoms less controlled by the currently available conventional pharmaceutical agents. https://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1476-5381.2011.01536.x

Current products have been shown to have an increased effectiveness when the CBD is combined with THC. The combination has shown promising reviews for treatments of chronic pain. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33004159/

CBD may also help reduce chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting which are among the most common chemotherapy side effects for those with cancer.


Persistent cramping of the leg and other muscles is a common side effect of cancer and cancer treatment, especially at night, which may affect sleep. A muscle cramp or spasm is a painful tightening of a muscle. It may be sudden, and the muscle may feel tight or stiff.

CBD and Cancer – Pain

One study looked at the effects of CBD and THC in 177 individuals with cancer related pain who did not experience relief from pharmaceutical pain medication. Those treated with a tincture containing both components experienced a significant reduction in pain compared to those who only received THC tincture. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19896326

CBD is Available:

Mesa Lavender Farms full spectrum CBD tinctures contain CBD and THC. We also manufacture tinctures containing no THC.

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