Scope of Cancer in the United States
In 2017 almost 700,000 people lost their lives to cancer, and almost 1,700,000 people received a cancer diagnosis that will forever change the course of their lives.
Cancer is a disease that hardly anyone isn’t affected by either directly or indirectly. Cancer is becoming more and more complicated as the chance of a cure seems to be eluding us, despite all the advances in modern science.
More and more, rare cancers are cropping up that are presenting new challenges for treatment and research as the health system seeks to understand, control, and treat this seeming epidemic of our world’s current generations.
Common Cancers and Treatments
While cancer diagnoses continue to perplex the medical community, common cancers occurring in Americans include four major sites: lung, breast, colorectal, and prostate.
While cancer deaths are a very common and sad reality of many diagnoses, survival rates are showing that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t always equal a sad ending, but it does indicate someone is in for a physical and emotional fight.
Common treatments for cancer include chemotherapy and radiation, as well as pharmaceutical approaches and experimental approaches that are going through clinical trial.
These approaches to the treatment of cancer seek to attack and kill the cancer, which means that the body often feels the trauma of the assault. It’s common for those going through cancer treatments to have awful side effects like nausea, pain, insomnia, and difficult with appetite.
While cannabis hasn’t been proven as a “cure” to cancer, it has taken a firm place within the medical marijuana discourse as an effective way to manage the symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatment.
How Medical Marijuana is Being Used in the Fight Against Cancer
Cancer is a disease that impacts the lives of those who have been diagnosed, and their family and loved ones, in a very big way. While cannabis research is catching up to find the potentials of cannabis for cancer, the cannabis community is stepping up in support of cannabis being effective for cancer in the following ways:
Pain, Inflammation & Neuropathy
When the endocannabinoid system is delivered a healthy dose of CBD, it interrupts the pain-signalling cells in the body so the brain doesn’t fully receive localized physical pain. CBD is valued for its anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the feeling and discomfort associated with localized cancer pain, or discomfort associated with treatment.
Neuropathy occurs when parts of the nervous system are damaged by strong cancer treatments like chemotherapy, which can cause severe pain in the cancer patient. CBD has been valued for its effectiveness to reduce neuropathy-associated pain without compromising the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
While the politics of research are holding up federal-level investigation to the anti-tumor properties of cannabis, some clinicians are investigating anyway.
One researcher making investigating the anti-tumor properties of cannabis is Dr. Sean McAllister, who is currently researching the effects of cannabinoids on tumor growth, observing the shrinking of tumors when exposed to cannabinoids from cannabis. Experimental animal studies are also indicating that CBD is showing great promise, prompting researchers to add their voice to the call for more cancer and cannabis research.
Little pockets of research are looking at the endocannabinoid system and its role in cancer, where there’s a correlation starting to develop between cannabis use and the instances of some cancers. For instance, one study concluded that cannabis users are 45% less likely to develop bladder cancer than non-cannabis users.
Anxiety & Depression
CBD has been known to be helpful in reducing feelings of anxiety. A cancer diagnosis, and a cancer treatment can be emotionally straining, calling for some relief. CBD can provide that to cancer patients feeling nervous or agitated through their cancer journey.
Similarly, CBD can be effective in treating feelings of depression that can be experienced as a result of the situation, or as a side effect of the treatments.
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