Cancer and Cannabis

How Cannabis May Help

Disease Profile: Cancer

Cancer is loosely termed as a description of many pertinent diseases, all of which conclude in the atypical growth of cells in the human body. These abnormal growths occur anywhere, including but not limited to the brain, lungs, breasts, prostate, bladder, blood, and even the epidermis (skin).

Infected cells quickly divide and spread, resulting in solid masses otherwise known as tumors. There is no hidden area of the body that repellant from cancer, as there are over 100 different forms, taking the lives of approximately 600,000 people in the United States every year.

The Role of Cannabis in Cancer Treatment

Have you ever wondered exactly how our body processes physiological urges such as mood, memory, appetite, or pain? It all comes down to the neuromodulators, the receptors that help to regulate those psychological wants and physical needs.

In the same fashion, there is also the body’s endocrine system and these respond to opiates- pain-relieving medications like codeine, morphine, and hydrocodone. The endocannabinoid systems respond in the same way to the compounds found in cannabis, making it a universal, natural medicine for all.

Alternative Treatment Options for Cancer

When considering medical marijuana as a treatment option for cancer, patients have a lot to consider and cannabis products to choose from but should always speak to their doctor or specialist before reducing pharmaceutical drug intake.

Studies show that marijuana often helps relieve symptoms associated with cancer, including vomiting and nausea. Most research also shows patients experience more pain relief when using cannabis as medicine. However, it’s may be frowned upon as the sole treatment. It’s important for patients and caregivers to understand the effects and benefits of cannabis.

Learn more about Nevada’s qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

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