Cancer patients turning toward CBD oils


CBD oil shops, or cannabidiol, are a growing trend in Lubbock as well as across the country. More and more cancer patients are testing out this oil to help with health related issues. 

Ty Caffey, owner of D&G Green Oils, said he opened his store to provide a source of comfort for people fighting cancer.

“Ten years ago, my grandmother went through a lot of heavy chemotherapy,” Caffey said. “What that did to her body, it changed the way she looked. It changed the way she felt. The only thing it seemed like it did not take from her was her mind.”

Caffey said he lost multiple family members to cancer and even more are going through it right now. He said he hopes the oil will help alleviate any pain they may be suffering from during treatment.

Cannabidiol oil (CBD) is a natural oil found in the hemp plant, Caffey said. It is known to have many benefits for health related issues, but he said it does not give off a high like marijuana. 

Melinda Wester, a stage three breast cancer patient, said CBD oil has helped her.

“It helped with the pain, the nausea, the anxiety, the dry skin,” Wester said. 

Doctor Jehanzeb Riaz, a medical oncologist and hematologist at Covenant Health, said he has seen mixed results in his patients.

“Some patients who come report they have seen improvements in appetite, level of fatigue and nausea, and vomiting and there are other patients it does not affect at all,” Riaz said.

However, he said the oil has no scientific backing and only manages symptoms of the cancer, but does not cure it. 

“We really do not know if we should start recommending these treatments since there is no data behind it, but this is an area we are actively exploring, and in the next few years we will have more data to justify our decisions,” he said. 

He recommended consulting a doctor before using CBD oil. 

D&G Green Oils is located at 5020 50th St.

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