The most-asked questions from cancer patients are about the use of Cannabis during the treatments of immunotherapy, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Although not much research has been done on this subject, there are several instances of the use of Cannabis in bringing relief to cancer patients.
Why use Cannabis?
During the treatment of cancer, Cannabis is usually helpful for increasing antitumor responses. It has also been frequently known to help alleviate the unfortunate side effects of chemotherapy. Medical cannabis can be taken as tablets of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or Cannabidiol (CBD).
These are two natural compounds found in the Cannabis Genus plant. Both these compounds have benefits of their own but in general, they help in reducing pain, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and mental disorders. Cannabis has also been known to effectively increase the appetite of cancer patients and to help in avoiding inflammatory bowel diseases.
Just like every treatment has its side-effects, the use of Cannabis also has its own. Depending on which Cannabis compound used and in how much quantity, the side-effects distinctly vary.
While Cannabidiol or CBD is marijuana-derived, Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is not directly derived from it. This makes the two a little different in their uses and effects. THC has been known to have psychoactive side-effects among patients but as a counter-effect, it helped as a cure from insomnia. CBD is not known to have any major side-effects that are known through observation or research.
Despite a few side-effects, the use of medical cannabis is highly recommended by cancer patients who have used it themselves. This type of cannabis has also been made legal. In many cities of the United States like New Orleans, LA and Bremerton, WA Marijuana Dispensary has been opened to freely provide cannabis for any medical use. The legalization of these dispensaries helps in the distribution of cannabis for cancer patients.