Cannabis for Chemotherapy

Photo Credit: Whaxy

Photo Credit: Whaxy

When a patient is diagnosed with a form of cancer, a rigorous treatment process involving chemotherapy is usually soon to follow. What many don't know, however, is that chemotherapy is used for more than just cancer treatment, so chemotherapy is a process that affects many. Chemotherapy is not an easy therapy as it produces various negative side effects, but patients choose to undergo the treatment in an attempt to battle their illnesses which are far worse.

Whaxy says, "Medically speaking, the side effects of chemotherapy include a decrease in the production of blood cells within the bones (myelosuppression), inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract (mucositis), and hair loss (alopecia). In terms of patient suffering, chemotherapy brings on severe nausea, vomiting, and dry heaves, in addition to a slew of other negative side effects." Because of this, the idea that cannabis can combat the side effects of chemotherapy is welcomed news. 

Chemotherapy involves large amounts of chemicals and high levels of radiation that attack cancer cells to a point they can no longer tolerate, often killing the cells, and hopefully eliminating the spread of the disease and putting the illness into remission. This process also hurts the patient's good cells, so chemo is extremely taxing on the patient's health and well being. Cannabis may be able to play a role in combatting the negative side effects as well as deliver healing therapy through its miraculous cannabinoids and terpenes which have been shown to fight cancer in certain studies.

Cannabis can help fight chemotherapy's side effects by combatting nausea, stimulating appetite, reducing inflammation, and alleviating pain. In addition to fighting the physical ailments that coincide with chemotherapy, cannabis can help treat psychological side effects like depression and anxiety. Patients who choose to experiment with cannabis in their treatment of cancer and chemotherapy's side effects are not limited to smoking their medication; they can also vaporize cannabis flowers or concentrates, consume edibles, apply topical creams or ointments, use sublingual sprays, or insert suppositories to reach their desired relief.

At this point in time, much more clinical research on human cancer patients is necessary to understand how cannabis is able fight cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy. Until then, visit Whaxy for an in depth analysis of how cannabis works to reduce chemo's side effects and specific testimonies regarding their ability to do so.