How CBD, Cannabinoids, and Terpenes Fight Cancer and Tumors

November 09, 2020 0 Comments

How CBD, Cannabinoids, and Terpenes Fight Cancer and Tumors

Every cell in your body is a complex structure of even smaller units with specific functions, called organelles. In healthy cells, the organelles efficiently work together to create proteins, generate energy, transport molecules, and perform other cell functions. They maintain balance and order in the body.

Cancer develops when a process inside the cell malfunctions in one of several possible ways. It's not instant; cancer develops in a multi-step process. Multiple mechanisms must fail before cells become cancerous.

The malfunctions, or mutations, that can eventually lead to cancer include:

  • Faster cell division
  • The regulators that control division become inactive
  • Malfunctioning cells resist apoptosis (cell death), so they don't go through the process of cell death normal for non-functional cells, allowing mutations to replicate

Whether benign or cancerous, a tumor develops as malfunctioning cells continue to divide without the usual controls telling them to stop. Over time, uncontrolled cell division results in additional cell mutations that can potentially develop into cancer.

Cellular Problems Call for Cellular Support

Studies indicate CBD and its entourage of cannabinoids and terpenes can help relieve the pain and inflammation associated with cancer. More significantly, they arrest unregulated cell division and encourage cancer and tumor cells to die.

Here we'll look at research on CBD's, other cannabinoids', and then specific terpenes' efficacy in fighting cancer and supporting healthy cell function.

CBD and the Minor Cannabinoids

Hemp is woven through human history. Like Jampha, which is the Tibetan word for 'loving kindness', hemp spores originated in Tibet. Archeologists traced ancient fossilized hemp spores to their beginning on a Tibetan plateau. With 28 million years to spread, hemp grew wild on several continents before human civilizations emerged. Ancient people from India to China cultivated it for its strong and fast-growing fibers. Remnants of 8000-year-old hemp clothing were found in Mesopotamia and 6000-year-old threads in China. 

Recorded uses of cannabis as medicine stretch back to 2700 BC.

In modern times, studies on the applications of cannabinoids and CBD for cancer patients caught new interest in 1975 when a group demonstrated both THC and CBD could inhibit the growth of lung adenocarcinoma cells. Since then, CBD and other cannabinoids have been shown to inhibit replication and stimulate the natural cell death process in multiple types of cancer, including lung, glioma, thyroid, lymphoma, skin, pancreas, uterus, breast, and prostate. They also interfere with tumor neovascularization, cancer cell migration, and metastasis.

The construction of new blood vessels, or angiogenesis, is a critical way that tumors grow, invade, and metastasize. Research shows CBD can influence tumor angiogenesis. It prevents the creation of new blood vessels, thereby slowing or ceasing tumor growth.

Full-spectrum CBD products include cannabinoids like the ones below.

Cannabinoid: CBDA

An acidic precursor to CBD, CBDA slows down the proliferation of cancer cells. Studies show it inhibits cell migration and encourages cell death in breast cancer.

Cannabinoids: CBC and CBG

CBC and CBG can penetrate the cell's membrane, making them even more effective at signaling mutated cancer cells to die than CBDA.

Cannabinoid: CBN

CBN is a mildly psychoactive cannabinoid that can also go through the cell's membrane. In addition to working as an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, and bone strengthener, it was found to reduce tumor size in one form of lung cancer.

Terpenes: Powerful Plant Healers

Stroll through a lemon grove, pine forest, or blooming rose garden, and you will inhale plant terpene molecules. They perform essential functions for the plants, like repairing cells or repelling pests, and have distinct aromas. The hemp plant can have up to 200 plant terpenes, which is an exceptionally high number.

Here are some of the plant terpenes we include in Jampha's full-spectrum CBD products with published anti-cancer and anti-tumor research.


Preliminary studies with terpene a-bisabolol show it inhibited tumor growth and induced cell death in pancreatic cancer.


When tested on leukemia cells, a-phellandrene boosted the immune response and increased B- and T-cell proliferation.

In human liver tumor cells, it induced cell necrosis, which means it damaged the cancer cells but did not kill them.

Alpha and Beta-Pinene

Alpha and beta-pinene work together synergistically to increase cell apoptosis in lung cancer cells.

When tested on leukemia cells, researchers found these pine-scented terpenes inhibit proliferation and increase cell death.


In two types of colon cancer, b-caryophyllene significantly decreased proliferation.

A potent anti-inflammatory it also reduces pain and accelerates cell healing.


Cadinene inhibits the growth of ovarian cancer by interrupting the cell cycle in mutated cells and encouraging apoptosis.


Citral reduced the weight and size of breast cancer tumors without the harsh side-effects of other current treatments.


Citronellol induced necroptosis in lung cancer cells. Necroptosis is a kind of cell death usually caused by damage or infiltration by pathogens.


Eugenol fights proliferation and induces apoptosis in several forms of cancer, including melanoma, osteosarcoma, leukemia, gastric, skin tumors, and mast cells.


Geraniol shows anti-tumor properties on skin, oral, breast, lung, colon, prostate, pancreatic, kidney, and liver cancers. It makes tumor cells more vulnerable to commonly used chemotherapy agents and constrains their ability to acquire adaptive resistance.


Humulene inhibits the proliferation of carcinoma cells. It also helps the body produce chemicals that induce apoptosis and slow tumor growth.


Limonene is toxic to malignant tumor cells and is another powerful plant molecule that induces cell death in cancer cells.


Linalool is proving useful in inducing apoptosis in several types of cancer cells, including leukemia and cervical cancer.


Myrcene may have applications in fighting breast cancer. It impaired cancer's ability to grow and induced cell death.


Nerolidol reduced both benign and malignant tumors of the gallbladder.


Phytol enhances the natural killer cells that fight cancer while also strengthening immunity and reducing inflammation.


Terpineol fights cancer by suppressing the signaling pathway tumor cells use to grow.


Preliminary studies indicate terpinolene may fight proliferation in brain cancer cells.


The citrusy terpene valencene was shown to reduce proliferation in several types of cancer, including ovarian.

As you can see, plant terpenes are remarkable cancer-fighting agents. Each Jampha product includes a unique formulation of terpenes.

Consult Your Physician Before Adding CBD to Other Medications

CBD and Cannabinoids have outstanding cancer-fighting and other health properties. CBD also has the potential to suppress immune function, is processed by the liver, and can increase or decrease the effectiveness of some medications.

Medical experts recommend only adding CBD to your healing regime under the knowledge and care of a physician, particularly if you are actively healing from cancer or have any liver damage.

Pure, Organic, and Solvent-Free

Each of Jampha's certified organic and independently tested CBD products is synergistically infused with a unique set of terpenes. In each CBD tincture collection, we enhance the entourage effects with carefully selected cannabinoids and plant terpenes.

If you have questions about our products, you can call us at (888)303-3378. We are happy to hear from you!

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