Cancer and Cannabinoids

Cancer can form from many different lifestyle choices. Exposure to carcinogens is bound to happen in our day to day activities. Even with taking preventative steps cancer can still form due to genetics. Cancer is unregulated cell growth. It can invade and interfere with how other parts of the body function. There are many different treatment options for cancer. These treatment options can often leave patients with an innumerable amount of side effects. Some of these side effects may include fatigue, pain, nausea, sexual dysfunction, decreased appetite, and more. Marinol is a popular medication that helps combat side effects like nausea, and decreased appetite caused by cancer and cancer treatments. Marinol is a manmade form of THC, which is a cannabinoid. Since Marinol is a cannabinoid it works well with the endocannabinoid system and receptors in the brain. Its administration is via pill, and there are no psychoactive effects.

There are many different cannabinoids are found in cannabis. Cannabinoids work by mimicking endocannabinoids, which are chemicals that our bodies produce on their own. When there is a malfunction, like nausea, the cannabinoid can work with the endocannabinoid receptor to provide homeostasis once again. Research shows that the cannabinoid THC works well in conjunction with the CB-1 receptor that targets the brain. A different cannabinoid may work well with the CB-2 receptor which targets the body. Relief can be found when a person discovers which cannabinoid works well against a specific ailment. There is certainly power in knowledge. For instance, cannabis infused topicals can provide relief for cancer patients in many ways. As mentioned before, Marinol, is the man made version of THC. So if man made THC can aid in nausea and decreased appetite, so can THC from the cannabis plant. Along with combating  those two symptoms it can also work in aiding headaches, inflammation, and general pain. The real thing about topicals, is that there are no psychoactive effects. This can translate to a certain autonomy that a person may not be able to achieve with edibles or via smoking. Once a person knows how they will react to a topical, then they may be able to carry out day to day activities without worrying about being “stoned” in public. A good example of this could be thinking about people who have cancer, but are also still in the workforce. They need relief from pain, but smoking or eating an edible on the job may be inappropriate. Applying a topical at home can allow relief from pain, and that person may be able to continue work in a professional manner.

Cannabis infused topicals are a great resource for managing side effects from cancer and cancer treatments. There is also tons of research that corroborates the use of cannabinoids for battling cancer that I encourage readers to take a look at. Especially if it can benefit you or a loved one.

Will topical cannabis affect a drug test?

Lotions, salves, oils, and balms are alternative ways to experience cannabis. Administration via topicals generally does not produce a psychoactive feeling. For some, the psychoactive high is the best part, but for others it can be limiting. People may not feel safe smoking for an ailment, and then driving impaired. Alternative methods of cannabis administration may be more beneficial than edibles or via smoking. Especially for those in the working world who cannot be high in the workplace.

 

Many people in the working world would like to know whether applying cannabis topically will show up on a standard drug test via urinalysis. Smoking, and eating cannabis can produce a positive result in a standard drug test. This positive result is dependent on several factors. Including but not limited to a person’s metabolism rate, and frequency of use. Smoking cannabis allows cannabinoids to absorb into the bloodstream via the lungs. Eating an edible provides access to the bloodstream via your stomach. But what about topicals?

 

There are three layers to your skin before it hits muscle. The epidermis is the barrier on the outside. The second layer is the dermis which consists of connective tissue. It houses hair follicles, nerves, and sweat glands. Finally, the third layer is the hypodermis, also called subcutaneous tissue. The third layer consists of connective tissue that helps your skin connect with muscles. It’s innervated, and has a fatty component too.  Topicals are effective because they get absorbed through the skin. They are effective for localized pain management, as well as possible skin issues. Topicals generally have a lower level cannabinoids than smoking or edibles. The Drug Policy Alliance reports no known cases of a positive standard drug test through topical use. It is worth noting that the results may be different if you apply a topical, and then come into contact with a mucous membrane. (Example: mouth, nose, eyes, vagina, etc.) Generally, the consensus is that topicals alone should not produce a positive on a standard drug tests.

 

Here at SACRED we want you guys to be safe, and informed! The only way to pass a standard drug test is to abstain from use. I know that may not be an option for some of you out there.  I am not a medical doctor either. This entry is purely based off of information gathered from a variety of sources. As a rule of thumb, I encourage those of you reading to do your own research as well. Read studies, books, and look at reputable sources to build your own opinion. There are at home test kits that you can buy, but I don’t know how accurate they are. I also encourage talking to your doctor above all if you are really concerned.