A rising number of oncologists, medical professionals and patients are beginning to recognize the benefits of medical marijuana to combat the effects of cancer treatment. Medical marijuana can relieve the symptoms of various cancers as well as the side effects of certain cancer treatments, including:
- Nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
- Depression and anxiety
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Joint pain
- Bone pain
- General pain
Cannabinoids and cancer: Cannabis has more than 80 types of cannabinoids, which can be considered the "active ingredients" in medical marijuana. Cannabinoids beneficial to alleviating cancer symptoms and treatment side effects include THC and CBD, two of the most researched chemicals in marijuana. CBD is highly effective at relieving side effects and symptoms without causing the "high" associated with THC.
According to the American Cancer Society, long-standing studies have shown that cancer patients who use medical marijuana require less pain medication.
Some research has indicated that cannabinoids may stop the growth and spread of cancer cells. More research and testing is required, but it is an exciting new path in the fight against cancer.
Interested in finding out if medical cannabis is the right way to relieve pain and side effects associated with cancer therapies? If so, you must first receive an initial evaluation with a certified physician like Dr. Lora Brown. She will determine if you have a qualifying medical condition that can benefit from medical cannabis therapy, and then she will explain all of your options.
The cost of the initial evaluation is $250. If you do not receive a recommendation for medical marijuana, your evaluation is free. Ongoing follow-up appointments are $150.
To learn more and to arrange your initial consultation, please call us at 727-209-5470. Our comfortable, state-of-the-art office is located in St. Petersburg, and we are proud to serve patients from Tampa and across the state of Florida.