Does Medical Marijuana Stop or Slow Cancer Cells from Spreading?

Any part of the marijuana plant used to treat health problems is referred to as medical marijuana.

For centuries, marijuana has been used in herbal remedies. Marijuana has many biologically active components which scientists have been able to identify. Cannabinoids is the name given to these compounds. CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) are two chemicals who have been studied the most. Studies are being carried out on other cannabinoids.

Any part of the marijuana plant used to treat health problems is referred to as medical marijuana. It?s not used to try and get high, but to provide relief from their symptoms. You can now buy medical marijuana online through a number of websites, such as Namaste MD. This is just one of the many great websites that allow you to get cannabis online.

However, it?s generally best to go through official routes and opt for sellers with a medical marijuana license. Canada.ca has a list of providers that may come in handy. For information on how to get a medical weed card Canada?s laws are explained by Medical Marijuana, a group of doctors, patients and growers who are passionate about quality treatment.

What effect does medical cannabis have on cancer symptoms?

Cancer chemotherapy can cause nausea and vomiting, and a number of small studies on the smoking of marijuana have found the drug can help these symptoms.

In certain types of cancer cells grown in lab dishes, scientists have more recently reported that CBD and other cannabinoids like THC appear to cause death and/or slow cell growth. The spread of some forms of cancer may also be reduced and its growth slowed by certain cannabinoids, according to some animal studies.

More studies are planned, though there have already been a number of early clinical trials on treating cancer in humans using cannabinoids. Studies are yet to prove that the drug helps control or cure the disease, but they have found that cannabinoids are a safe form of treatment so it may well be worth a try.

Always keep in mind that you may suffer serious health consequences if you rely on marijuana alone for your treatment and avoid or delay conventional cancer medical care.

While medical marijuana is generally considered to be safe, users may come to some harm. The odd negative side effect may occur as a result of marijuana use (just like any other form of medication ? but generally much gentler), though its main effect is a ?high? or feeling of euphoria.

Medications

Of the two main cannabinoid drugs produced for medical use, dronabinol is no longer available in Canada but nabilone is still available under the brand name Cesamet. This drug acts much like THC and is a synthetic cannabinoid. When other drugs have not worked, nabilone can be taken by mouth to treat the vomiting and nausea caused by chemotherapy.

The cannabinoid drug Nabiximols is approved for medical use in Canada. It contains an almost one-to-one mix of THC and CBD in a whole-plant extract, and is available as a mouth spray.

 

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