The Role of Medical Marijuana in Hospice Care

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Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

Hospice care consists of individually-tailored care programs for terminally ill patients who are in their final stages of life. The main focus of hospice care is to manage pain and other symptoms so that the patient can pass comfortably. Hospice patients may face pain, anxiety, spasms, nausea, and appetite or sleep problems, all of which cannabis can help manage. Both THC and CBD have been found to effectively lower pain levels that had previously proven unresponsive to traditional treatments. Studies have also found medical cannabis can improve muscle spasticity for extra relief. CBD lowers anxiety and stress levels, which can benefit emotional health of those under hospice care. Additionally, CBD reduces cognitive impairment and discomfort under stressful situations. THC can stimulate appetite with those who struggle to eat, and both THC and CBD can help regulate nausea and vomiting. Lastly, THC can help improve the quality and duration of sleep so that patients fall asleep quickly and better sleep through the night. 

This information has been provided by Medical Marijuana, Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.