5 Ways That Cannabis Can Help Cancer Patients

Although cannabis has been around for centuries, the use of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes has become increasingly more popular in recent years. Medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for a number of conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, and mental health disorders like PTSD, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. It has also been shown to provide tremendous relief for cancer patients in various stages of treatment.

Medical marijuana can be consumed in many different ways. Some patients prefer inhaling (smoking or vaping), while others prefer ingesting it in the form of edible marijuana. Any food that is made with oil can be infused with marijuana, which is why baked goods like brownies, cakes, and cookies are popular vessels for edible marijuana consumption. Cannabis can also be applied topically in the form of a lotion or oil or even taken under the tongue as a tincture. Many medical professionals discourage smoking and vaping due to the health risks caused by inhaling smoke.

The main compounds of the cannabis plant are known as cannabinoids and terpenes. Some common cannabinoids are THC and CBD. Terpenes cannabinoids are responsible for the plant’s flavor, aroma, appearance, and possible effects. Different compounds like these have many different health benefits. Here are five ways that cannabis can help cancer patients.


5 Ways That Cannabis Can Help Cancer Patients


1. Nausea Relief

Cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy often experience side effects like nausea and vomiting. Some patients have found that when other traditional nausea medications may not work, cannabis provides instant relief. While scientists are still trying to pinpoint exactly how it works, research has proven THC to be a powerful antiemetic.

2. Pain Relief

Marijuana can reduce inflammation in the body and decrease pain signals in the brain, which can help to ease pain caused by cancer and/or cancer treatment. It can be a great alternative to more traditional forms of severe pain relief like opioids.

3. Reduced Neuropathy Symptoms

In addition to pain caused by inflammation, some cancer patients also experience nerve damage as a result of treatment. Marijuana has been proven to provide relief from neuropathy-related symptoms like weakness, numbness, and tingling as well.

4. Increased Appetite

The active ingredients in cannabis can increase appetite and sense of taste. This is especially important for cancer patients who have lost weight due to a loss of appetite and/or sense of taste.

5. Reduced Anxiety

To no surprise, studies have shown that patients who have been diagnosed with cancer often have increased levels of anxiety and stress. Consuming marijuana – especially strains with a high percentage of CBD – can promote relaxation and improve sleep. Cannabis can also reduce short-term depression.

Like all medications, medical marijuana can cause side effects in some patients. However, many patients have found the benefits to greatly outweigh any potential side effects. By reducing physical symptoms like pain and nausea as well as mental symptoms like anxiety, marijuana is a safe and holistic option for many cancer patients to find relief from their symptoms.


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