More than one million people in the US are diagnosed with cancer yearly. Most people either experienced this type of disease first hand, or know someone who did, and know how painful it can be. Common symptoms of cancer vary depending on the placement of their original tumor. Some of these symptoms might include chronic pain where the mass or tumor is located, cough or pneumonia in people with lung cancer, painful swallowing in people with esophageal cancer, blockage of the bowel in people with colon cancer, etc.
As cancer spreads, the pain can spread as well. Cancer treatment can be more painful than the disease itself in some patients. Symptoms of cancer treatment commonly include severe pain from surgery, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and a full range of side effects from the other drugs that patients with cancer are prescribed.
Best Method of Ingestion for This Condition
Research on medical marijuana use for treating cancer symptoms has been progressing. Some studies have shown that smoked or vaporized marijuana is helpful for treating the neuropathic pain that can be associated with cancer. Vaporized marijuana may also help some patients increase their appetite or help them keep food down when going through cancer treatment. Intaking marijuana concentrates have also shown to help people with pain management, requiring medical marijuana patients to take less pain medication.
Most recently, some research has shown that THC and other cannabinoids, such as CBD, can actually help slow the growth rate and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells. More research needs to be done before there can be conclusive results, however.
Disclaimer: Cancer is a type of disease that is a Nevada approved medical marijuana condition, allowing cancer patients to use medical marijuana for both the cancer disease and cancer treatment. See a list of all state-approved medical marijuana conditions. (8/15/16)