LET’S HELP PREVENT CHEMOTHERAPY INDUCED NEUROPATHY WITH CBD/CANNABIDIOL

On October 1, 2015, I wrote a blog suggesting we consider using Cannabidiol when administering neuro-toxic chemotherapy or for that matter, any neurotoxic drug. The goal, of course, is to take advantage of the neuro protective effects of CBD. As I mentioned a couple of months ago, there are very decent responses to neuropathic pain with CBD:THC extracts.

I recently saw a patient with Breast Cancer who had recently started Taxol. She was beginning to experience some tingling. At this point I recommended she take a CBD:THC extract in addition to the Taxol. Within a few weeks, despite ongoing Taxol administration, the neuropathic pain was markedly decreased. At the same time, we can safely assume she would have become worse.

Here are two articles that suggest this line of reasoning is reasonable and a trial should be setup.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21737705

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3969077/

Author
Allan Frankel, MD

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