Cannabis has so many medicinal applications for a wide-range of diseases. Now that medical marijuana is being legalized around the world, more research is being conducted regarding it’s potent medicinal applications. When it comes to cancer, cannabis has killed cancer cells in the lab for decades. You would thing with this type of activity that human clinical trials would have already commenced, but mysteriously, they haven’t. That being said, there are no shortage of examples of people who have used cannabis as an alternative treatment for cancer. Stories are spread all across the internet, and many interviews and examples are available online for anyone will to do the search.
That being said, it’s well established in scientific literature that Cannabis can actually help a patient deal with the side effects of chemotherapy.
A recent article in Newsweek emphasizes:
A growing number of cancer patients and oncologists view the drug as a viable alternative for managing chemotherapy’s effects, as well as some of the physical and emotional health consequences of cancer, such as bone pain, anxiety and depression. State legislatures are following suit; medical cannabis is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen other states allow some patients access to certain potency levels of the drug if a physician documents that it’s medically necessary, or if the sick person has exhausted other options. A large number of these patients have cancer, and many who gain access to medical marijuana report that it works. (source)
Cancer patients, as a result of conventional treatment, experience a lot of appetite loss, pain, vomiting, nausea, depression, insomnia, and more. Cannabis reverses all of this.
“A day doesn’t go by where I don’t see a cancer patient who has nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain, depression and insomnia,” says Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of hematology-oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and a professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Marijuana, he says, “is the only anti-nausea medicine that increases appetite.”
In fact, 2014 poll conducted by Medscape and WebMD found that more than three-quarters of U.S. physicians think cannabis provides many therapeutic benefits. And those working with cancer patients were the strongest supporters: 82 percent of oncologists agreed that cannabis should be offered as a treatment option.
So, there you have it!