A study from Israel shows how cancer patients can benefit from marijuana.
A lot of people recognize medicinal cannabis to be helpful to cancer patients in many ways. Even so, because of the marijuana’s legal status, scientists are restricted to studying the effects of cannabinoids, and they are prevented from providing thorough evidence.
Thankfully, a research involving 200 cancer patients took place in Israel (where medical marijuana is legal), a research where these 200 people found medical marijuana use to be a “significant improvement” across their cancer and cancer treatment symptoms.
In addition, a list of 8 ways that cannabis helped the patients:
- Nausea and vomiting
Well known fact is that marijuana has the ability to reduce nausea and vomiting provoked by chemotherapy. It is so effective that in 1985, the FDA approved a drug called Marinol (synthetic THC), for the nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.
- Weight loss
Marijuana is also known to stimulate appetite, it can help improve food intake and stop the unhealthy weight loss of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Cannabis has shown itself as a healthy tool for maintaining normal weight.
Depression and other mood disorders are common among cancer patients. The best way to deal with these disorders is marijuana, as many researches have shown. Studies have shown that marijuana makes users feel good, because chemicals in cannabis appear to have notable anti – anxiety and antidepressant effects.
Next to reducing the nausea and vomiting, a well – known effect of cannabis is pain relief. Studies have shown that marijuana can ease the pain in chronic pain disorders, as well as reduce the pain in cancer.
- Sleep and fatigue
Cancer patients suffer from sleep problems, including falling asleep and maintaining sleep. They also suffer cancer – related fatigue during the day which makes them feel sleepy. Marijuana helps both. It helps cancer patients sleep at night and battle daytime fatigue. Sleepiness is the most commonly reported side effect of marijuana, and on the other hand it still helps with the fatigue that cancer patients feel. Its multi-faceted effect on sleep may depend on the strain of cannabis and the balance of cannabinoids that they contain.
- Sexual function
Marijuana has a long history of use as an aphrodisiac, and that can be very helpful for cancer patients that face the lesser known effect of cancer and cancer treatments – sexual dysfunction.
Marijuana has long been recommended as a treatment for a wide range of bowel disorders because the chemicals it contains can help regulate the digestive system. While it seems that marijuana helps by reducing the movements of the bowel in bowel disorders, it appears to have the opposing effect in constipation.
The treatment of cancer itself is perhaps the most promising and at the same time the most controversial benefit of medicinal cannabis. Preclinical trials have supported the capability of cannabis to kill the cancer cells and prevent the disease from spreading, however, it is also pointed out by the medical community that there is a lack of human research to support this claim.
Yet the marijuana’s ability to fight cancer is shown in studies in cell culture and animal models. It is so promising that Nacional Cancer Institute (NCI) dedicated large section on their website to the contribution of cannabis and cannabinoids in fighting cancer.