For most people, there are few things more frightening than receiving a cancer diagnosis. Thanks to advancements made through tireless research, more people than ever are able to overcome this disease and go on to live rich, full lives. However, the cancer treatment process often involves medications and procedures that come with extremely unpleasant side effects. Dealing with these side effects is often draining, exhausting, and can make the recovery process seem endless.
However, there are options available. An increasing number of patients are turning to cannabis treatment for cancer. Medical marijuana has been shown to help alleviate many of the effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments. This not only makes the recovery process a little bit smoother, it also vastly improves the quality of life for people who are currently undergoing cancer treatment.
Cannabis and Chemotherapy: Partners in Healing
Chemotherapy is able to achieve a few different outcomes in the treatment process. It can destroy cancer cells to the point where your doctor is no longer able to detect them and they will not grow back. It can also be used to control and slow the spread of cancer cells and to eradicate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. In some cases, chemotherapy can be used to alleviate pain by shrinking tumours that have grown so large as to cause pain and pressure in surrounding areas.
Chemotherapy works by targeting cancer cells, which divide quickly and grow at an uncontrollable rate. Unfortunately, it’s this mechanism which also causes it to destroy healthy, quickly-replicating cells within the body. For example, the cells lining the intestinal tract. It’s the damage to healthy cells that causes many of the unpleasant side effects of chemo, and that’s where medical marijuana comes in.
Although there is no medical evidence to confirm that cannabis treats cancer itself, it can alleviate many of the symptoms. Let’s take a look at a couple of the main areas where medical marijuana can offer benefits:
Nausea, Vomiting, and Lack of Appetite
This is one of the most common and unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy. And, for people recovering from cancer, it can be extremely detrimental. Due to this side effect, it can be difficult for people receiving chemotherapy to get the required amount of nutrients, which can cause undesired weight loss. It has been shown that cannabis can help eliminate nausea and vomiting, allowing patients to eat well during their recovery. Relatedly, many people undergoing chemo experience a lack of appetite. This, in conjunction with nausea and vomiting, can cause severe weight loss, a condition known as cachexia. Medical marijuana, especially strains that are high in THC, can help stimulate appetite, in addition to eliminating nausea.
Certain cannabis strains have been shown to be adept at eliminating pain, in addition to providing a burst of energy coupled with a sense of well-being. For those who are experiencing pain due to cancer or chemo, medical marijuana can be a welcome respite. Cannabis possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can help stimulate the production of serotonin, in addition to binding with certain receptors in the brain, which helps dull the nervous system’s response to painful stimuli.
Medical Marijuana Strains that Can Help
If you’re searching for the right cannabis treatment for cancer, a great place to start is with a Sativa or high-THC hybrid. The increased THC content of Sativas and certain hybrids is what provides excellent pain-killing properties, in addition to appetite stimulant and anti-nausea effects. One of the best strains for the elimination of pain is ACDC. It provides incredible pain-slaying, uplifting power, while avoiding many of the psychoactive effects of other high-THC strains. For even more energy and nausea-busting properties, Super Lemon Haze provides the kind of “get it done” energy you need while making food look a little more appetizing. Of course, there are many more options available, and the knowledgeable staff members at Lotusland Cannabis Club can help you find the cannabis strain that’s right for you.
As with any other medication, when it comes to treating cancer symptoms with cannabis, it’s a good idea to start small, ramp up slowly, and discuss all treatment options with your healthcare provider. Lotusland Cannabis Club is proud to help cancer survivors across Vancouver, Victoria, and the surrounding communities get back to doing the things they love. If you have any questions about our products, feel free to give us a call, reach out online, or visit one of our convenient locations. Discover all the ways medical marijuana can assist in your recovery! The road to better health starts here.