MMJ for the Relief of Chemotherapy Side Effects

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Chemotherapy involves the use of potent intravenous or oral drugs intended to prevent cancer from spreading, slow cancer growth, and kill cancer cells. The treatment can produce serious side effects that include fever and chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, sore mouth, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, pain, difficulty swallowing, swelling, itching, shortness of breath, coughs, and muscle or joint pain. Now, studies show that cannabis can work alongside chemotherapy in order to reduce side effects and make them easier to handle.

Cannabis reduces nausea and vomiting, and studies have shown CBD not only controls severe nausea, but also prevents anticipatory nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy. THC also reduces conditioned rejection and chemotherapy-induced nausea. Cancer patients with intractable pain who were unable to manage their symptoms with opioids felt relief after two weeks of using cannabis with both THC and CBD. THC has the ability to stimulate appetite in patients with cancer-related cachexia, and many report it also makes food "taste better." Because of cannabis' anti-inflammatory properties, the medication has the potential to reduce swelling in the hands and feet for cancer patients. Lastly, in a survey of 131 cancer patients undergoing a cannabis treatment for six-eight weeks, participants reported improvements in all measured symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, mood disorders, fatigue, weight loss, anorexia, constipation, sexual function, sleep disorders, itching, and pain.

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