Medical marijuana offers many benefits for patients’ who have cancer. Unfortunately, the legal status of marijuana has prevented many researchers’ from providing evidence. Scientists’ have only been able to study the chemicals found in marijuana.
Fortunately, there is a lot of research being done on medical marijuana in Isreal, where medical marijuana is legal. The study found that cancer patients’ who used medical marijuana saw significant improvements in their cancer and treatment symptoms.
Medical marijuana helps cancer patients’ with the following:
Chronic pain is one of the most severe side effects caused by cancer and cancer treatment. Many patients’ seek medical marijuana because of their pain. Studies have shown that medical marijuana can help reduce their pain.
Nausea and Vomiting
Medical marijuana is best known for reducing nausea and vomiting in cancer patients’ who are undergoing chemotherapy. In 1985, the Food and Drug Administration approved a pill form of medical marijuana, Marinol, for cancer patients’ who experience nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy.
Cancer can cause patients’ to experience fatigue during the daytime. Medical marijuana seems to help cancer patients’ who experience daytime fatigue, but it seems to help patients’ sleep at night. Medical marijuana’s treatment for sleep may vary depending on the strain of it and the balance of cannabinoids that it contains.
Cancer patients’ usually suffer from sleep problems. Many patients’ experience difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. One of marijuana’s most commonly reported side effects includes sleepiness. Studies have shown that medical marijuana improves sleep in patients’ undergoing chemotherapy.
Itching is a side effect of many cancers and cancer treatments. The underlying causes of itching in cancer patients’ vary, but medical marijuana seems to help some patients’ with this symptom.
Some patients’ experience sexual dysfunction when they have cancer or when they’re undergoing chemotherapy. There hasn’t been a lot of research and studies on whether medical marijuana helps patients’ with sexual dysfunction, but marijuana has a history of being used as an aphrodisiac.
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Many cancer patients’ suffer from mood disorders. A common mood disorder in cancer patients’ is depression. The chemicals found in marijuana appear to calm anxiety and relieve depression.
The chemicals found in medical marijuana can help relieve constipation. Marijuana has been shown as an effective treatment for many bowel disorders. People who use medical marijuana who have inflammatory bowel disorders have seen a decrease in the number of bowel movements they have, but marijuana seems to treat constipation differently.
Appetite and Weight Loss
Some cancer patients’ who are undergoing chemotherapy have difficulty maintaining a normal weight. Marijuana relieves nausea in cancer patients’ and stimulates their appetite. Cancer patients’ who use medical marijuana will see an increase in the amount of food they consume and prevents them from becoming underweight.
Neuropathy is also known as nerve damage. Neuropathy can be caused by cancer and cancer treatments. Cancer patients’ may experience numbness, tingling or weakness. Studies have shown that medical marijuana provides relief for cancer patients’ suffering from neuropathy.
Medical marijuana can be used as a cancer treatment. Studies have shown that medical marijuana kills cancer cells and stops cancer from spreading.
Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Florida. If you’d like to find out if you’re eligible for medical marijuana, please contact us. If we determine that you’re eligible, we’ll make an appointment for you to come in so that a member of our medical team can conduct a free screening. We’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have.