Information about pot and its medicinal powers regarding cancer is a hot topic, especially with some states easing up on the sale of medical marijuana. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with cancer and you have questions about options, at Issels®, you can learn everything you need to know from specialists providing cancer treatment programs.
Does Cannabis really help treat cancer?
According to a publication by The National Institute on Drug Abuse, the answer is yes. The publication states “Recent animal studies have shown that marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others.”
The publication goes on to say, “Research from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumors.”
Marijuana does not have the approval of being a true medicine by the US Food And Drug Administration. Further studies indicate particular cannabinoids (chemicals) found in the plant are medically inclined. Based on this information, the FDA has however, approved two medications containing the two chemicals – THC and CBD.
THC is the cannabinoid that impacts patients positively. The chemical helps decrease pain and inflammation, help with muscle control, and alleviate the aggravation and stress of an upset stomach. It also increases the appetite which aids patients who don’t feel like eating.
Studies are also underway to determine the effect of marijuana on:
- Mental disorders
- Pain and inflammation
- Disorders from substance use
- HIV, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS and multiple sclerosis
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