October 26, 2017
Radiation Therapy & Chemotherapy…If you have cancer, you have most likely been prescribed one or both of these treatment options.
Radiation Therapy or Radiation Oncology is the use of high dose X-rays or proton beams, to destroy cancer cells and limit their further growth. Chemotherapy is a treatment option that uses drugs to specifically target and stop cell division. In the process, it can also negatively affect healthy cells.
Side effects occur as those healthy cells sustain damage. Both of these therapies come with adverse side effects like: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, hair loss and severe pain, to name a few.
To combat these byproducts of chemo many new pharmaceuticals have been created, but, due to the high cost or intolerable side effects, many cancer patients have turned to cannabinoids–the active chemicals in the cannabis plant–to treat those symptoms.
These chemicals have long been known as a natural treatment option for: alleviating pain, reducing inflammation, relieving nausea and vomiting, and stimulating appetite.
Various studies show that cannabinoids may act on endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and throughout the body, to help prevent the side effects of Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy.
The Endocannabinoid System is involved in a whole host of physiological processes such as appetite, pain sensation and mood, among others.
Trials have been conducted using various forms of cannabis and cannabinoids to determine the efficacy of treating the side effects of cancer and cancer-related therapies.
One study using the commercially available synthesized cannabinoid drugs–Dronabinol and Nabalone, showed that these drugs worked better than other weaker, FDA-approved drugs to relieve nausea and vomiting.
However other studies have shown that natural cannabis and cannabinoids have an even more profound effect than the synthesized versions.
A study on the relief of pain found that the cannabinoid “Delta-9-THC” when taken by mouth, showed good pain relief, coupled with relief of nausea and vomiting. THC is the only anti-nausea medication that also stimulates appetite.
Only three trials have investigated cannabis for oncology, and in two, cannabis was only used after the synthetic Dronabinol failed. However, it has been shown to be effective even in cases where all pharmaceuticals have failed.
So if you or a loved one is suffering from the symptoms or side effects of your cancer treatments speak with your medical practitioner or dispensary technician to see which cannabis treatment option is best to combat your symptoms. Visit our website www.CannabisMedicalNetwork.com for more information on medical cannabis.