Cancer is probably one of the main focuses when it comes to research into the effects of medical cannabis. One of the reasons for this is because cancer is a condition that affects millions of people in different ways – whether it’s the brain, blood or bladder. The other reason is because the plight of cancer patients is one of the biggest triggers for the legalization of medical marijuana and hemp, especially in the 70s and 80s. (Glaucoma, epilepsy and AIDS/HIV were others.)
Cannabis seems to work for so many patients because it not only helps manage the side-effects of chemotherapy, but may also help battle cancer of many types, including: bladder, brain, breast, colon, endocrine, kaposi sarcoma, leukemia, lung, prostate and skin. Different types of cannabis may be more suitable for certain cancers than others – this is an area of extreme interest amongst the science community at the moment. For research into the use of cannabis for cancer in general, the following three studies show some promise:
- Helps battle both the chemotherapy side-effects and the cancer
- Helps cancer patients treat pain, inflammation, nausea, improper sleep and cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- May actually kill cancer cells – cannabis may well have significant antitumor properties
- Though there is no proven link between smoking cannabis alone and lung cancer, intuitively it makes sense to perhaps avoid combusting any plant material and breathing the resulting smoke into your lungs. This is especially the case if you suffer from lung cancer and/or breathing problems.
- One of the side-effects of chemotherapy is a suppressed immune system. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that your medication is as pathogen-free as possible.