The Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Cancer Patients
For patients who have cancer and who are going through chemotherapy, it can seem like an endless chain of suffering, pain, nausea, and vomiting. The constant battle can be daunting and overwhelming. However, medical marijuana can help lessen or even eliminate some of the side effects of many cancer-related medical treatments.
What are the benefits of using medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana has been used in Ayurveda medicine for centuries (a type of alternative medicine with Indian origins). However, recent studies in Western medicine have shown positive results for many conditions, including (but not limited to):
- Killing or limiting the growth of cancer cells
- Reducing the severity of epileptic seizures
- Minimizing neurological damage following traumatic brain damage
As mentioned earlier, medical cannabis can also help lessen nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
How can medical marijuana help people with cancer?
Based on numerous studies, medical cannabis contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that acts much like cannabinoid that all of our bodies produce naturally. THC triggers areas of your brain, which correspond to thinking and memory, to reduce some side effects of chemotherapy including killing cancer cells. Medical marijuana can to be taken orally by mouth or smoked in a vapor form.
Our own Dr. Hasim has this to say about the effects of medical marijuana used to fight cancer:
“Cancer cells have receptors for cannabinoids. When the cannabinoid binds to these receptors it begins a process of apoptosis also called cell death. So the medical marijuana tells the cancer cell to commit suicide. In addition the cannabinoids prevent the growth of blood vessels to the tumor cells (angiogenesis) and it blocks the tumor cells from metastasizing. Unlike chemotherapy the cannabinoids do not kill any of the patients own cells. Any patient with a cancer can certainly benefit from this powerful natural medication.”
How can I get medical marijuana to help with cancer treatments?
Once you are diagnosed with cancer and you start the chemotherapy process, medical marijuana can be prescribed by The Herbal Clinic, MD by consulting with one of our specialists to determine which strength and how much medical cannabis is right for you. We provide patients in Hudson, FL, Tampa Bay, Beverly Hills, and all throughout the state of Florida with medical marijuana treatments.
Please review our FAQs for answers to common questions regarding medical marijuana in the state of Florida.
We believe, when used under the guidance of a licensed physician, medical marijuana can help cancer patients get the relief they are looking for. Contact us today for a consultation.