How Medical Marijuana Can Help Treat Cancer Symptoms
Cannabis often comes to mind when considering treatments for cancer. Many of the therapeutic values cannabis can provide a patient center around those struggling with cancer treatment symptoms. Science and research are catching up though. Some studies are starting to even suggest cannabis is a good treatment for some types of cancer itself. Even famous doctor Sanjay Gupta has recently changed his standpoint regarding cannabis, saying “While investigating, I realized something else quite important. Medical marijuana is not new, and the medical community has been writing about it for a long time.” With opinions changing quickly around the country regarding medical marijuana, it is high time to take cannabis seriously as a form of cancer treatment. Let’s take a closer look at how the cannabis plant can assist with cancer and it’s vile symptoms.
How Can Cannabis Help with Cancer?
The cannabis plant is made of hundreds of different cannabinoids. The two most popular are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) which could contribute to the treatment of cancer. Further, both of these cannabinoids can greatly increase a patients ability to deal with treatment side effects such as chemotherapy. Many treatments such as chemotherapy induce nausea or cause an empty stomach. CBD can stop nausea and replenish an empty appetite in a patient in chemotherapy. Derivatives of the cannabis plant have long been held as a healing remedy for cancer itself. There are a host of different ways in which cannabis can help a patient fighting cancer though. Here is a shortlist how the cannabis plant can help:
- THC and CBD help relieve pain, lack of appetite, sleep disorders and improve mood.
- The use of THC as psychotropic is also able to relieve pain in terminal stages, helping the patient to relax, to improve the feeling of well-being and to reduce their anguish.
- Reduce the side effects of medications and treatments. Cannabinoids can help reduce pain, nausea, vomiting, and lack of appetite for chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.
- Provide various anti-tumor effects and support cancer treatment.
- May cause the death of tumor cells without affecting healthy ones.
- Help inhibit the formation of blood vessels that nourish a tumor.
- Help prevent cell migration by reducing tumor spread and metastasis.
- An anti-inflammatory can help relieve some of the pain.
CBD and Cancer
Of the many cannabinoids, CBD is particularly noteworthy as it has shown a promising potential to assist the medical community at large. With regards to cancer treatment, CBD is a great pain reliever as the naturally occurring cannabis compound is an anti-inflammatory substance. Furthermore, it is non-psychoactive, which means it can be produced without the psychoactive effects found in THC and other cannabinoids. CBD may even assist directly with fighting cancer. There have been a host of studies done on the topic and the research looks promising but needs to be completed further before any conclusions are drawn. Due to the regulatory environment and THC being a schedule 1 drug and being restricted federally. CBD continues to be a promising solution for those fighting cancer as it’s seen less intrusive both personally with its non-psychoactive effects and from a regulatory standpoint. Yet in medical marijuana states, progress has been made with the complete cannabis plant and treating cancer.
Rick Simpson Oil
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is a great example of how medical marijuana can help those with horrific diseases such as cancer. Named after the creator, this cannabis derivative can fairly easily be made with access to plant material. The oil is a processed form of cannabis using alcohol. For those interested, Rick keeps an active website with instructions on how to make the oil available online. The RSO has been acclaimed by many as being effective for many different ailments. Specifically, some claim the oil can help cure cancer. Even with a promising outlook, the scientific research still has a long way to go before any definitive results come back regarding RSO. For those fighting a terminal illness, this form of treatment may be appealing. At very least, it’s certain that cannabis can help a cancer patient establish a better standard of living through its many different effects.
All and all, the jury is still out regarding the efficiency of cancer being treated with cannabis consumption. Nonetheless, the symptoms of common cancer treatments can be made easier for patients to handle through the responsible use of the cannabis plant or CBD from hemp oil. We will need more research into the benefits of cannabis but as legalization spreads throughout the country this should come in due time. In the meantime though, there is ample evidence to show the value of cannabis consumption in treating the many side effects that may come along with fighting cancer. As a direct or indirect solution for cancer patients, cannabis continues to show promising potential for both aspects.