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  • Writer's pictureSuzanna Thallman

Cannabis VS Chemotherapy

Cannabis Reduces Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Cannabis is approved for cancer patients in nearly all states where medical marijuana is legal. While research on cannabis and chemotherapy in the United States is still somewhat limited, several studies around the world have connected cannabis use to reducing side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

A recent study by researchers at Australia’s Chris O’Brien Lifehouse examined the impact of cannabis use in reducing negative side effects of chemotherapy. The study involved 80 participants starting chemotherapy treatment. The most common side effects patients reported were nausea and vomiting. About a third of the patients in the study also reported drowsiness, dizziness, or disorientation.

Some participants were given a placebo capsule, while others were given a 1:1 THC to CBD capsule to manage their side effects after chemotherapy treatment. The study found a 14-25% reduction in the side effects of patients that took the capsule. Most notably, symptoms of nausea and vomiting were significantly reduced.

In another study by the Minnesota Department of Health, researchers found that cancer patients enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program reported “significant reduction” in the severity of symptoms. Within the first four months of cannabis treatment, 50% reported a significant reduction in negative side effects.

Cannabis is an incredibly powerful and safe medicine for individuals living with cancer and treatment-related side effects. In particular, the power of marijuana to alleviate nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, pain, depression, anxiety, and insomnia have been well documented and offer the potential for significant relief to those undergoing treatment for cancer.

Is Medical Marijuana Right For You?

Cannabis has the potential to provide significant relief for cancer patients going through chemo. However, every patient is different. It is best to speak with your doctor about whether it is right for you.

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If you are a qualifying patient who is suffering from one of the qualifying conditions and is seeking medical marijuana treatment, schedule a telemedicine evaluation, and gain access to Ohio dispensaries.You can schedule your appointment by calling us at 866-457-5559 or book your appointment online.


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