Scott Sanders, who based on his experiences created the website Cancerwell.org, which provides resources and support for anyone who has been affected by any form of cancer, shared with Healthy Lombard some information about the possibility of using Cannabis for Cancer. Scott writes that cannabis can make daily life easier while undergoing cancer treatment. If treatment is taking a toll on your well-being and you need relief, cannabis may help. Here’s what Scott has found about using medical cannabis for cancer relief.
The role of cannabis in cancer treatment
Cannabis’s therapeutic effects come from two compounds: delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, found in marijuana and responsible for its psychoactive effects, and cannabidiol, or CBD, which is non-psychoactive and found in both marijuana and hemp.
These compounds are used to treat some of the most unpleasant side effects of cancer treatment: nausea and vomiting, pain, appetite loss, insomnia, and anxiety.
Nausea and vomiting
Relief from chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting is the primary reason cancer patients use medical marijuana. In fact, the FDA has approved medications based on synthetic THC to treat nausea and vomiting in cancer patients.