Three Benefits of Medical Marijuana For Cancer Patients

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Since cancer was first discovered in 1600 B.C. by the ancient Egyptians, humans have been searching for a treatment. While some cancers can go into remission from breast cancer to prostate cancer, there is yet to be a true cure for cancer. Medical marijuana has long been touted as an excellent alternative treatment for various diseases and other health issues. Naturally, doctors and scientists have looked into whether it can be used to treat cancer. While medical marijuana has plenty of benefits, it can only do so much. Unfortunately, medical marijuana can’t cure cancer, but it can help relieve many of the symptoms associated with different cancers.

Neuropathy Relief
Neuropathy pain and numbness affects millions of people around the world and can cause discomfort in various extremities. Unfortunately, chemotherapy and pharmaceutical drugs used to cure cancer can damage nerves in the body when patients experience burning pain or numbness in the hands or feet.

Medical marijuana has been shown to help reduce neuropathy pain by calming the peripheral nervous system.

Relief of Nausea and Vomiting
Various cancers can cause nausea and vomiting as a side effect. Unfortunately, multiple treatments and medication for different cancers can also induce nausea or vomiting. For example, chemotherapy has been known to trigger nausea or vomiting. Vomiting can lead to dehydration, and the deprivation of minerals your body needs to maintain. Medical marijuana has long been studied as a potent antiemetic drug used to prevent nausea and vomiting.

Pain Relief
Cancer can cause pain because of the cancerous cells breaking down healthy tissue. Some malignant tumors can also grow to press against organs, bones, or various nerves. On top of that, cancerous cells release chemicals that tell the brain the body is in pain. Unfortunately, a lot of cancer treatments, from radiation to chemotherapy and surgery, can cause pain. It’s no secret that the most talked-about benefit of medical marijuana is its ability to relieve pain. Medical marijuana binds to the brain’s pain receptors to calm it and provide anti-inflammatory effects for the pain sites.

Until there’s a definitive cure for cancer, it looks like medical marijuana is the treatment to turn to as an alternative to conventional treatment.

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