At first glance, CBD, vitamin C, and cancer may appear to be an odd trio. However, CBD and vitamin C are plant molecules with similar and complementary health benefits. When paired with traditional treatments, research shows both can support healing for cancer patients.
In this article, you'll discover a few remarkable things about vitamin C and some of the research on CBD and vitamin C for cancer treatment.
Vitamin C is Essential to Wound Healing
You may be surprised to discover how crucial Vitamin C is to your health. It supports your immune system, cardiovascular function, is essential to make collagen, and enables wound healing.
We have to absorb this required nutrient from food and supplements. Fortunately, vitamin C is readily available in citrus fruits, tomatoes, strawberries, and a few other fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin C and Cancer Treatment
In the 1960s, a Toronto medical doctor named William J. McCormick noticed that cancer patients often showed severely low vitamin C levels. This discovery was followed in the 1970s with several clinical trials in the U.S. and Japan that treated terminal cancer patients with ascorbate (vitamin C).
Later, the Mayo Clinic did a clinical trial but found no advantage to vitamin C treatment. Since the Mayo study was double-blind while other studies used past case records for the control group, these findings cooled the medical community on vitamin C for cancer treatment and delayed further research into its benefits.
Important Differences in Approach Unlock Answers
According to cancer.gov, research into vitamin C has resumed because there were two crucial differences between the studies.
The early studies administered vitamin C over the entire study duration, which was up to 12 years. In contrast, the Mayo Clinic stopped the vitamin C treatment the minute the patient showed tumor progression and switched to chemotherapy treatment. The median amount of time a patient received vitamin C in the Mayo Clinic study was only 2.5 months.
Secondly, the Mayo Clinic trials gave patients 10 g of ascorbate to patients orally. The earlier Cameron and Pauling trials administered their vitamin C both orally and intravenously. These two dosage routes produced a significant difference.
This insight rekindled interest and, over the past decade, there have been several clinical trials and case reports testing a high dose of vitamin C as an ancillary cancer treatment. Studies consistently show benefits to cancer patients, including reduced pain. Normal tissues are better protected against the toxicity caused by chemotherapy. However, researchers say large-scale, randomized controlled trials are still needed.
CBD Supports Immune Function and Kills Cancer Cells
Vitamin C and CBD function differently in the body, but both are potent antioxidants with cancer-fighting properties.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble, required nutrient, easily absorbed by the body's tissues. As an extract, CBD is oil-based. CBD functions by interacting with the human endocannabinoid system to help balance and modulate the body's systems.
Neither vitamin C nor CBD is a cure for cancer, and CBD should be added to existing treatment only under your doctor's supervision. However, these simple, natural plant molecules play pivotal roles in supporting, maintaining, and regaining health on a cellular level. Jampha products integrate advanced plant knowledge as taught by the Medicine Buddha and the Sowa Rigpa Tibetan Spiritual System for Healing mind, body and spirit.
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Because Tibetan treatments, therapies and medicine are not yet recognized, licensed, or regulated by the AMA or FDA or any US agency. This document is not to be construed as a diagnostic tool and/or that of prescribing medicines or therapies, it is for informational support only. Consult your doctor before taking any medications.