Many states in the U.S. have worked towards legalizing cannabis with the permission to use recreational marijuana as a medical drug. Recreational marijuana is permitted in a number of states including California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada. While some states are still fighting back, many are unaware of the benefits of marijuana for cancer patients.
On its website, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it understands many are moving towards marijuana in an attempt to help those suffering from seizures and chemotherapy-induced nausea. But, the agency, “has not approved marijuana as a safe and effective drug for any indication.”
“The agency has, however, approved two drugs containing a synthetic version of a substance that is present in the marijuana plant and one other drug containing a synthetic substance that acts similarly to compounds from marijuana but is not present in marijuana,” it wrote. “Although the FDA has not approved any drug product containing or derived from botanical marijuana, the FDA is aware that there is considerable interest in its use to attempt to treat a number of medical conditions, including, for example, glaucoma, AIDS wasting syndrome, neuropathic pain, cancer, multiple sclerosis, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and certain seizure disorders.”
So, can marijuana treat cancer symptoms and chemotherapy side effects?
Positive signs have been found in several studies showing components of marijuana benefiting individuals fighting cancer.
“The American Cancer Society supports the need for more scientific research on cannabinoids for cancer patients, and recognizes the need for better and more effective therapies that can overcome the often debilitating side effects of cancer and its treatment,” the American Cancer Society says. “Federal officials should examine options consistent with federal law for enabling more scientific study on marijuana.”
It also adds: “The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the Society’s advocacy affiliate, has not taken a position on legalization of marijuana for medical purposes because of the need for more scientific research on marijuana’s potential benefits and harms.”
Medicinal marijuana is still believed to enhance the treatment options and help reduce pain and suffering for the patients.
Here are eight ways marijuana can help treat cancer symptoms and its side-effects:
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