Compound in medicinal marijuana may help extend lives of pancreatic cancer patients

CBD or cannabis oil could make a vital difference in current pancreatic cancer treatments

Mice with pancreatic cancer that were treated with medical cannabis and chemotherapy survived nearly three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study. National Cancer Institute the key to treating pancreatic cancer is to detect it sooner or associate it with a risk factor.

On the other hand, Dr. Catherine Pickworth of Cancer Research UK appreciates the new research on tackling pancreatic cancer. With a five-year survival rate of only 8.5 percent, according to the U.S.

The life expectancy for pancreatic cancer patients has changed little in the last four decades.

For the findings, researchers treated a mouse model of pancreatic cancer with cannabidiol (CBD).

Discussing the results, study author Professor Marco Falasca, from Queen Mary University of London, said: 'This is a remarkable result.

Researchers found mice with pancreatic cancer survived almost three times longer if treated with CBD alongside a course of chemotherapy.

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PDAC stands for Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. That means you cannot infuse THC, the cannabinoid in marijuana that makes you high, with alcohol, but you also can't infuse CBD, the cannabinoid that doesn't get you high and causes many of marijuana's beneficial effects, either. One substance known as cannabidiol could help boost treatment and survival rate of patients with pancreatic cancer.

The evidence that CBD is effective for pediatric epilepsy has gained substantial traction recently, with 31 states allowing CBD-based medicines, and the approval of the drug Epidiolex, the first cannabis-derived drug to gain federal approval.

Response: Future drug development efforts could focus on using different cannabis extracts in combination to other chemotherapies to see if we can obtain an even better efficacy.

Researchers stated that CBD may be able to improve quality of life for pancreatic cancer patients and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy in general, researchers said, as it is known for improving, or reducing, side effects associated with chemotherapy such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The research was supported by the United Kingdom charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and also involved researchers from The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Scotland.

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