Medical marijuana has become legalized in many countries around the world today. Most medical caretakers and doctors advise cancer patients to take medical marijuana to reduce the side effects of the cancerous condition. Chemotherapy comes with certain severe side effects but medical marijuana is effective in reducing them. Some of the palliative care benefits that come with medical marijuana include pain relief and appetite stimulation. However, a recent medical research showed that cannabinoids have more benefits than these. Today this product is used to ease cancer symptoms, but it may be used to treat it one day due to its strong antitumor effects.
Cannabinoids are of different types and with different chemical profiles and properties. In the United States, over 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses were confirmed in 2017. A recent projection indicates that cancer cases will have increased by 50 percent globally by 2030. With these alarming statistics, there is an urgent need for new effective treatment options. Immunotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy are the popular cancer treatments today. However, their side effects such as infection, nausea, hair loss, and fatigue are quite severe.
Cancer patients with such severe side effects can now get immense relief from medical marijuana. Cannabis inhibits the growth of cancer cells and tumor cells by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and by blocking the blood vessels that influence tumor growth from developing. Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid and tetrahydrocannabinol are the two main chemical compounds that make cannabis effective in this. Brain, breast, and colon cancers are the most common according to a study done recently.