Many cancer patients are now using medical marijuana, as more than half of the states have legalized its availability. A recent study carried out by two leading cancer research centers finds about 25 percent of cancer patients use marijuana to relieve a variety of physical and psychological symptoms.
As per most of the study respondents, the reasons for which they use medical marijuana included pain, nausea, upset stomach, and stress. This is because cannabis is the only anti-nausea medicine that can increases appetite, help patients sleep, ease pain, and elevate their mood. Owing to the presence of Cannabidiol or CBD, a potent anti-cancer agent that not only poses strong antioxidant phytonutrients, but powerful ‘herbal chemo’ agents too.
While the studies so far have shown that cannabis can be safe in treating cancer, they do not show that they can help control or cure the disease. However, apart from the above mentioned benefits, there are four ways in which the herb is beneficial for cancer patients. And these very well reflect why many of them use medical marijuana in order to make their cancer battling experience easier.
- Relief from skin irritations. Skin irritations are common in patients undergoing conventional cancer treatment. The cannabinoids compound present in cannabis is very helpful in calming minor inflammation-based allergic reactions like allergic dermatitis. Moreover, while most patients inhale cannabis, the herb can also be applied topically in balms and salves for a relief from itchy side effects of cancer treatments.
- Promotes mental well-being. Going through times of severe illness can take a toll on mental health. But we all know that cannabis is loved by many for its euphoric and mood stimulating properties. Therefore, it turns out to be a popular choice among cancer patients to improve their mood and to promote a positive sense of well-being.
- Improves appetite management. Loss of appetite is a major side effect of chemotherapy drugs. However, use of medical marijuana stimulates a sudden increase in appetite for cancer patients by releasing the primary hunger hormone ghrelin. It also boosts the pleasure response to food in the brain, which helps the cancer patients get more enjoyment from eating.
- Helps fight digestive distress. Constipation and diarrhea are two known side effects of cancer treatment. Constipation is often associated with imbalance in the bacterial communities of the intestinal tract, whereas diarrhea is associated with inflammation in the intestinal tract. Researches show that cannabis compounds not only promote a more balanced internal ecosystem, as well as also reduce inflammation that contributes to intestinal distress.
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Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.