Medical Marijuana Prescribed Medical Treatment for Cancer
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, can help patients deal with side effects from cancer treatments. Marijuana is able to do this because it contains chemicals called cannabinoids which affect the body’s central nervous system and immune system. Medical marijuana is mainly administered by mouth in herbal tea or baked products and by inhalation as smoke. Less commonly, an extract of the cannabis plant is sprayed under the tongue. Regardless of how the medical marijuana is administered, marijuana has proven to be an effective treatment for cancer patients.
Researchers have been studying the clinical uses of marijuana. Marijuana has proven to reduce nausea and vomiting for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Marijuana, when taken by mouth, proved to be more effective than some other FDA approved drugs that are used to treat chemotherapy caused nausea and vomiting. In addition, marijuana has shown to be effective in pain relief. One study conducted showed that marijuana, when taken by mouth, was as effective in relieving pain as codeine. Marijuana helps to relieve pain by producing anti-inflammatory effects. Patients in these trials also reported better sleep quality, lower levels of anxiety, improved moods and senses of well-being and better appetite, as a result of taking marijuana derived treatments. Using medical marijuana can not only help patients cope with day-to-day life better but can also help them improve their outlooks on their cancer treatments and improve psychological well-beings.
In addition to helping patients cope with chemotherapy and cancer side effects, marijuana has shown some potential in helping the body fight off tumors. Studies using mice and rats have produced results that show cannabinoids can stop tumor growth and can kill off cancerous cells while protecting healthy ones. These studies have shown that marijuana could potentially help in the treatment of lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and liver cancer. While these studies do show promise of using marijuana as a medical treatment for cancer, they are also in early stages and have not reached clinical trials in humans yet.
Medical Marijuana Cancer
If you are suffering from chemotherapy and cancer side effects, Total Health Care Florida can help. At Total Health Care Florida, there are doctors on staff who can properly evaluate and if medically necessary recommend inclusion into the patient registry.