Study Shows Medical Cannabis Aids Cancer Patients in Managing Pain
Fighting cancer is an incredibly tough experience. Surviving it is a huge achievement, but the impact on a person's physical and mental health is often severe. This is due to both the illness itself and the harsh treatments required to fight it.
People who have faced cancer themselves or supported someone in their fight know how difficult it is to maintain a normal life during this time. While modern medicine provides some relief, it's usually only temporary.
Many cancer patients have turned to medical cannabis for additional support, and a recent study from Israel shows promising results. Here's a summary of the study, shared by NORML:
In Tel Aviv, Israel, a survey among cancer patients who experience intense pain revealed that most find medical cannabis helpful in managing their condition. This was reported in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.
The study involved 138 cancer patients in Israel, where medical cannabis is legally available by prescription. About 38% of the participants reported significant relief from cannabis, while 32% said it offered partial relief.
The researchers concluded that a large portion of patients using cannabis felt it notably improved their ability to deal with their illness. Given that these patients had severe cancer pain that didn't respond well to traditional treatments like opioids, the positive impact of cannabis seems noteworthy. The findings suggest considering cannabis therapy alongside conventional treatments for cancer pain, possibly even earlier in the treatment process.
Other research has also shown that cannabis can help cancer patients with pain, cognitive function, and sleep quality. Additionally, some patients reported reducing their opioid use after starting cannabis therapy.
The full study, titled "Medical cannabis for refractory cancer-related pain in a specialized clinical service: A cross-sectional study," can be found in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.
Source: International CBC