By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:42, 18 November 2019
Speaking on ITV’s This Morning recently, the former BBC presenter revealed that taking CBD oil is one aspect of his disease management. Bill mentioned how CBD helps with the side effects associated with chemotherapy, in particular, pain, nausea and poor appetite.
Nutritionist Alix Woods, working in association with CannabiGold (www.cannabigold.co), comments on how CBD oil can help with pain, nausea and poor appetite…
“We have a complex cell signalling system known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is a mass of cellular receptors which help regulate and balance bodily and neural functions like pain, inflammation, mood, appetite and sleep. CBD oil contains chemical compounds called cannabinoids and research shows that these compounds act on the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2) receptors of ECS system to produce potentially positive results. The cannabinoid signals interact with the CB1 receptors, which are associated with the nervous system and help ease pain and reduce inflammation. CBD oil not only impacts nerve receptors but also regulates the production of inflammatory cytokine molecules (or cell signalling proteins of the immune system) which minimise and manage pain and inflammation.”
“The CBD oil inhibits the uptake of serotonin which helps to prevent associated nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy treatment. CBD oil does not have any psychoactive compounds and inhibits serotonin from binding with serotonin receptors of the forebrain preventing nausea associated with cancer treatments. The body produces an endogenous compound, anandamide which has anti-sickness properties but tends to break down quickly especially in the presence of fatty acid amide hydrolase or FAAH. CBD oil inhibits FAAH, which enhances anandamide levels, and this also helps relieve the nausea side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.”
3. Poor Appetite
“Appetite is a complex concept and differs from person to person. A lack of appetite is key indicator that the ECS is out of balance. CBD oil with all its health benefitting properties and indirect physiological mechanisms like anti-pain, anti-nausea and anti-anxiety may well support and improve appetite, especially for those recovering from chemotherapy or post-surgery. For its mood enhancing effects it indirectly stimulates the 5-HT1A serotonin, ‘happy hormone’ cannabinoid receptors and exerts an anti-anxiety stable happy mood effect. With a happy mood, a healthy hunger and appetite is more likely.”
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