Recent studies indicate that medical marijuana could be a cure for cancer. According to some researchers, medical cannabis inhibits the growth and spread of cancer cells and tumours. The research is not conclusive, but what we do know is that medical marijuana definitely alleviates the symptoms of cancer, which in and of itself is helpful to patients.
The two main components of cannabis (cannabinoids) are responsible for producing psychoactive reactions. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, stimulates feelings of euphoria while numbing pain, and Cannabidiol, or CBD, minimizes pain without significantly affecting brain function. Certain strains and combinations of these two work together to relieve pain caused by cancer and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Consuming medical cannabis as a vapour, however, is not advised for medicinal purposes. Most doctors recommend its oil form.
Here’s how medical marijuana helps cancer patients:
Lessens vomiting and nausea
The nausea and vomiting many cancer patients experience are further aggravated by chemotherapy treatment. Medication is unable to help when it is vomited from the body. Medical marijuana, however, is a good option. One study showed that cannabinoids decreased chemo-induced vomiting and nausea.
Cancer patients often lose their appetites. Cannabinoids may increase a person’s appetite and help them regain some weight. According to studies, medical marijuana stimulates appetite, likely due to its ability to enhance the senses and intensify how the body’s sensory organs process food.
Many cancer patients suffer from pain, making it difficult to sleep. They may also be depressed or anxious. Medical cannabis alleviates pain and helps manage anxiety, allowing patients to relax and fall asleep. It also reduces insomnia and boosts sleep quality.
Intense and recurrent pain is another symptom of cancer. Medical marijuana has been proven an excellent pain reliever for other conditions, and it works just as effectively for cancer, as cannabinoids reduce swelling and combat inflammation.
Reduces dependence on opioids
Opioids are used as painkillers for cancer but they have adverse side effects, including infection, addiction, and a higher likelihood of the cancer spreading. Some opioids also lose their painkilling effect over time. Because of the effectiveness of medical cannabis, some patients are able to reduce or end their need for opioid use.
Medical marijuana’s many benefits for cancer patients may also contribute to eventual recovery and healing. For assessment and expert advice on using medical marijuana to manage cancer symptoms and side effects, consult the caring specialists at The Clinic Network. We have several sites located in Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec. Call us at 1-855-462-3646.