According to the American Cancer Society, one of the most respected cancer foundations in the world, cannabis provides a wide array of benefits for cancer patients. Following are just some of the benefits recognized by studies according to the American Cancer Society:
● Smoking cannabis can be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.
● Inhaled cannabis (smoked or vaped) can be a helpful treatment for neuropathic pain (the pain caused by damaged nerves).
● Smoked cannabis can also improve appetite in cancer patients.
● Cancer patients who use cannabis extracts tend to need less pain medication.
● THC and CBD can both slow growth and/or kill certain types of cancer cells.
● Cannabis consumption can also ease stress and anxiety for those with cancer.
● Cannabis is also effective as a sleep aid for cancer patients.
Negative side effects of cannabis for cancer patients
The negative side effects of cannabis use are far outweighed by the positive side effects.
Nevertheless, there are some effects to be wary of, including:
- The effect of feeling euphoria (“high”) can lower the user’s control over movement, cause disorientation, and sometimes increase feelings of anxiety of paranoia. Keep in mind that these effects do not apply to CBD products, which contain miniscule amounts of THC (less than .3%).
- Smoked marijuana delivers the same harmful substances found in tobacco smoke. Because different strains of plants (sativa and indica) contain different levels of active compounds, the effects can differ from patient-to-patient. Likewise, the effects of ingesting cannabis orally may be unpredictable and vary between patients.
- Relying on cannabis alone for treatment while avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for cancer could have serious health consequences. In other words, cannabis is not considered a cure for cancer, but rather a supplement to help treat the side effects. It’s always recommended that cancer patients follow the directions of their physicians when it comes to the best treatment for their condition.
A final note
Although cannabis use, especially for medicinal purposes, is becoming legal in more and more parts of the world, it’s important to remember that it is still illegal (although tolerated and not enforced) in many others. If you do decide to use cannabis as a treatment for yourself or a loved one, be sure to follow the law in your city. Having cancer is enough of a problem without having to deal with legal issues as well.
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