While the use of medical marijuana is not an approved treatment for cancer, it has been used for many years to alleviate many of the negative side effects that those with cancer face both due to the illness itself, as well as the side effects of its associated treatments. Certain cannabinoids, such as dronabinol and nabilone, have been approved to treat cancer related symptoms, such as the below:

Nausea

Nausea is a common side effect of chemotherapy, which can be both uncomfortable for the patient as well as result in unintended nutritional deficiency. Small studies have shown that the use of medical marijuana can combat nausea and increase a user's appetite. 

Pain

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), patients that used medical cannabis in a clinical trial required less pain medication than patients that were not using it. Research has attributed this to the effect that medicinal cannabis has on the receptors in the brain that manage pain.

Anxiety and Depression

A cancer diagnosis is stressful, and several studies have shown that the effects of anxiety and depression can be lessened through the use of medicinal cannabis.

However, more research needs to be done to conclude whether medical marijuana will be an effective treatment for cancer itself. Due to the current shortage of research, there is a variation in recommended dosages depending on an individual's circumstances, which is why it is important to consult your medical professional about whether it is right for you. If you would like to discuss your treatment options when it comes to plant based medicine, book an online consultation with one of our qualified doctors.