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Cannabis and Cancer

Both cancer itself and the various treatments for it cause several side effects, including anorexia and cachexia, as well as chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Others experience severe pain and difficulty sleeping. For many of those patients, one substance is prescribed to help get them through it: marijuana.

Anorexia and Cachexia

Anorexia, the loss of the desire to eat (or the loss of appetite), is a common symptom for cancer patients though it may occur earlier or later in the disease. Cachexia which sometimes comes with the anorexia (but not always) is a wasting condition where patients have significant weakness and a progressive loss of weight, fat, and muscle. Cachexia sometimes occurs in patients who are eating, but aren't absorbing nutrients correctly.

In these cases, marijuana, and specifically THC, either used alone or in combination with nutrients provided by tube helps improve appetite. It's basically a medical use of a common pot smokers' side effect: the "munchies."

Nausea and Vomiting

Anti-cancer drugs sometimes cause nausea and vomiting because they're designed to affect the part of the brain which controls those responses, or because they irritate the lining of the stomach. There are several factors that affect the severity of these symptoms, including which drug is being used, the dosage, the schedule, and the patient's reaction.

Because cannabis has anti-emetic (anti-nausea) properties, it's extremely useful for treating cancer patients with severe nausea. Since it can be smoked or vaporized, as well as give in a sublingual (under the tongue) tincture, it can be used even with patients who can't eat. It can even be mixed with liquid nutrition offered via feeding tube.

Pain Relief and Sleep Aid

Marijuana isn't technically an analgesic, but it does help relieve pain by offering tense muscles. Some patients have said it takes away pain, but it would be more accurate to say that it takes away the awareness of pain. Its soporific effects, which recreational smokers might refer to as "couch lock," also help patients get restful sleep.

New Research

While no official statement has been made, new research from several sources points to the possibility that cannabis, or some of the components therein, may actually arrest cancer, stopping the growth of cancer cells and tumors. Most of this research is being done in Europe, because U.S. regulations make it difficult for even researchers to test cannabis.

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CANCER VIC | Nov 2, 2016
 
I have cancer and the state i live in it is illegal to have any type of weed what should i do buy off the street or move to a legal state
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tlaw1343 | Mar 2, 2015
 
RSO oil is life juice. I use it as a preventive. I guess you could call it my vitamin. Lots of folks forget that CBD and THC are equally important in the healing process. Not just one nor the other. Cancer patients should consume both sides THC and CBD!
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Guest | May 4, 2013
 
THC OIL KILLS CANCER
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Guest | Jun 6, 2012
 
This really helps my dad thru his chemo tx! It helps with his nausea and helps his appetite! This is a fav strain of his. love u shifu
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Guest | May 8, 2012
 
hello, does anyone knows how to get hash oil? its urgent, my husband has cancer
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Guest | Apr 9, 2012
 
I am going thru chemo now and thank god for mmj!!
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Greendaze Delivery | Apr 29, 2011
 
Project CBD is a great place to learn about the current studies being conducted. Though THC is a miraculous compound itself, it will probably be the CBD's that eventually prevail in bringing legitimacy to the MMJ community. CBD's have been used in ointments that have shown to stop cancer growth as talked about above. Learning more about MMJ will ultimately bring about the legalization.
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Guest | Mar 30, 2011
 
Please anybody with experience in mmj & cancer please leave your comments add links if possible, in europe we dont have mmj all over and the more people come forward the quicker it will become legal the more who find out about mmj and start to inquire the better , you'd be surprised on how unaware they are in most parts of europe.
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Ha-Y-N Boi In CO | Mar 22, 2011
 
my aunt suffers from cancer. actually 4 different types...and mmj has been helping her eat through chemo and its keeping her from depression. so i think this is a VERY good miracle med for her, now she is her old self again thanks to MMJ
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CannabisGril | Mar 21, 2011
 
If you suffer from cancer this is a wonder medical drug
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Marijuanamama | Mar 15, 2011
 
Watching my grandpa suffer during his cancer was one of the hardest things I've ever done. The THC pills the doctors gave him aided in making him eat when we couldn't even force feed him. Unfortunately at the time we all lived in a state Missouri by the way that saw anything THC as evil reefer. So the pills were all he could get but the benefits for him was great.
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highinmilehigh | Mar 8, 2011
 
I have witnessed first hand the severe hunger loss my family member went thru with chemo..If they had legalized medical marijuana he might not of had to suffer so much..As it was they hooked him to a 5 second morphine drip with a push button....And he just wasted away till he died
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CannaConnoisseur | Jan 11, 2011
 
I can attest to this through second-hand experience. When my uncle had cancer, he used medical marijuana to cope with the severe appetite loss that he suffered from the chemotherapy. Without medical cannabis his life and whole outlook on his bout with cancer would have been different. Those who say marijuana has no medical benefits and think it's just a placebo effect are dead wrong. It's proven to work and has been for decades.