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Medical Marijuana and Cancer Treatment, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Chemotherapy

There are few things more frightening in life than receiving a cancer diagnosis. Fortunately for cancer patients, medical marijuana may be an effective cancer treatment and an alternative to many drugs currently used to treat cancers including breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, brain cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and more. Medical marijuana can also help to alleviate symptoms associated with traditional cancer treatment, including nausea and vomiting.

Medical Marijuana for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients can benefit from using medical marijuana, whether as an alternative cancer treatment or to help mitigate unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy. Even lung cancer patients can use medical marijuana-- studies show that smoking marijuana does not cause cancer. In fact, studies show that marijuana slows the invasion of cervical cancer and lung cancer cells. Cannabidiol, one of the five cannabinoids found in medical marijuana, also inhibits tumor growth in leukemia and breast cancer.

Patients undergoing cancer treatment often use medical marijuana to reduce vomiting and nausea, for which purpose it is highly effective. In a review conducted by the University of Arkansas, cannabinoids significantly reduced vomiting and nausea in breast cancer patients following breast surgery. In addition, medicinal marijuana can serve as an appetite stimulant to improve cancer treatment related anorexia.

Medical marijuana's full potential as part of cancer treatment has not yet been realized. In a recent study, medical marijuana halted the spread of metastatic breast cancer. It's certain that research will continue to discover new applications for medical marijuana in the treatment of cancer. Current legal restrictions on the use of marijuana have prevented researchers from conducting the broad clinical trials necessary to fully understand the myriad ways in which medical marijuana can help cancer patients.

Using Medical Marijuana as Part of Your Cancer Treatment Plan

The first step toward incorporating medical marijuana into your cancer treatment is to speak with your oncologist about using medical marijuana. You'll also need to check your state medical marijuana laws to determine if and how you can use medical marijuana legally. You may wish to do your own research regarding your particular type of cancer and the benefits of medical marijuana for patients with that cancer. If you're undergoing chemotherapy, you will likely benefit from an improved appetite and reduced nausea through using medical marijuana. Marijuana may also help to slow or halt the spread of cancer cells.

Once you've spoken with your oncologist, and possibly a specialized medical marijuana doctor, you'll need to obtain your medicine from a medical marijuana caregiver and/or medical marijuana distributor. If your cancer and cancer treatment have made you unable to perform some self-care tasks, you may be able to find a medical marijuana caregiver who can both provide medical marijuana to you and assist you with tasks like dressing, getting to doctor's appointments, and more. In fact, in some states a person must help you in other aspects of your life in order to be considered your medical marijuana caregiver.

Depending upon your individual cancer treatment plan and prognosis, medical marijuana use can be a short or long-term choice. Medical marijuana advocate Steve Kubby has used medical marijuana for decades after receiving a cancer diagnosis, and says he's experienced only positive effects. However you choose to use medical marijuana, it'll likely improve your quality of life as a cancer patient.


Disclaimer:This text is for informative purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice from a physician. Always consult your doctor before making any decision on the treatment of a medical condition.