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How Cannabis Can Help Treat Your Cancer Pain
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How Cannabis Can Help Treat Your Cancer Pain

How Cannabis Can Help Treat Your Cancer Pain

Medical marijuana can help alleviate symptoms associated with a variety of physical and psychological conditions. In fact, cannabis has been proven to be especially therapeutic for individuals with cancer.

Continue reading to learn all about cannabis for cancer, including medical marijuana’s effect on the body as well as research supporting its tumor-shrinking capabilities.

Cannabis and Cancer

Cannabis contains active compounds known as cannabinoids, which include THC and CBD. They are able to activate receptors throughout the body in much the same way as naturally occurring chemical in our endocannabinoid system.

These capabilities enable cannabis products to affect physiological functioning, alleviating many symptoms, and decreasing tumor activity.

Research Demonstrating the Effects of Cannabis on Cancer

There have been numerous studies demonstrating the positive effects cannabis has. In fact, a 1974 article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, was the first study to show cannabis’ anti-tumor properties. Researchers found that 20 days of THC treatment reduced primary tumor size in mice.

Additionally, in 2000, Nature Medicine published findings supporting cannabinoids ability to shrink tumors in mice, without harming surrounding tissue.

Finally, a 2017 report in International Journal of Oncology demonstrated cannabinoids’ anti-cancer activity when used alone or in conjunction with chemotherapy.

What Symptoms Can Cannabis Treat?

Although the therapeutic effects of cannabis for cancer are wide reaching, it most notably helps reduce pain and inflammation and elevate mood. Medical marijuana has also been shown to have anti-nausea benefits, while also increasing appetite.

Additionally, studies of smoked marijuana found that it can be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy.

A few studies have found that inhaled (smoked or vaporized) marijuana can be a helpful treatment of neuropathic pain (pain caused by damaged nerves).

Smoked marijuana has also helped improve food intake in HIV patients in studies.

Studies have long shown that people who took marijuana extracts in clinical trials tended to need less pain medicine.

Finally, cannabis products, particularly those containing THC, may assist patients in overcoming the psychological hurdles of cancer and offer an escape from their physical and mental discomfort.

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