Mar 31, 2016 5:36 AM

How can medical marijuana help with… CHEMOTHERAPY?

Definition of chemotherapy

Chemotherapy (also called chemo) is a traditional cancer treatment that uses chemical substances to target and kill cancer cells. Chemotherapeutic agents kill cells that grow rapidly, which is one of the main properties of cancer cells. During the course healthy fast-growing cells are affected too, as a result causing a wide range of side effects. There are more than a hundred of side effects, the most common include: Anxiety, Anemia, Appetite Loss, Fatigue, Hair Loss, Nausea and Vomiting, Nerve Problems, Pain, Sexual and Fertility Problems, Sleep Problems.

Chemotherapy is broadly defined as the use of chemical agents in medical treatment for the following situations: cancer, bone marrow diseases and immune system disorders. Chemical drugs used in Chemotherapy drugs are aggressive towards healthy cells that have property to grow much more quickly than normal. In respect to digestive system such treatment can cause serious problems to the cells wherever they are in the digestive system. That can cause undesirable side effects: mouth sores, taste change, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea and constipation, which in its turn lead to unhealthy weight loss and depression.

How can medical marijuana help?

Studies of medical marijuana (also called Cannabis) show that it effectively relieves patients during chemotherapy course. More than that, there exist some medical evidences that marijuana have properties that slow tumor growth, thus make treatment more effective. Laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) showed that CBD may increase chemotherapy effectiveness and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cell. There are many types of cancer and drugs that are used to cure it. Which means that side effects may be different in each case; the severity and intensity are individual for each patient. Chemotherapy patients are often prescribed anti-nausea medication called antiemetic or steroids to avoid nausea and vomiting, but they do not help all patients in the same way. Patients experiencing pain and anxiety during chemotherapy find it hard to control emotions, relax and stay positive.

Appetite loss can cause malnutrition. Cannabis is a well-known natural alternative to alleviate this chemotherapy common side effect and increase food intake. Cannabis contains psychoactive cannabinoids, one of them is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol); it activates specific receptors in the human body and produce pharmacological effects, particularly in the central nervous system and the immune system. Smoking medical marijuana helps to relax mind, feel and sleep well. A lot of patients suffer from pain, this also can be avoided or lessened with Cannabis. The Office of National Drug Control Policy commissioned the Institute of Medicine (IOM) assessed the potential risks and health benefits of marijuana, and reported that the cannabinoids in cannabis relieves pain, controls vomiting and nausea, stimulates appetite. It is worth mentioning that marijuana dosage should be controlled to ensure the relief. If you are undergoing chemo or considering to, venture to use an advantage of such an affordable and natural medicine to help you to go through this in good mood and with good feelings.

Some chemotherapy side effects may become unbearable and doctor may lessen the dose or prescribe medicine to alleviate the side effect. If you decide to receive chemotherapy, you better stick to the initial dose to make therapy fully work for you. Since chemical drugs suppress immune system, the patient encounters a number of issues associated with the digestive system. The patient gets into a vicious circle: mouth sores, taste change and vomiting lead to an aversion for eating, not enough food means low energy, no energy ends with less desire to eat and thus to weight loss. Common recommendations for chemo patients are to make everything possible to eat and drink more (we are talking about a specific diet) to stay energetic, because it helps to maintain proper nutrition and recover fast. In this case the lack of appetite becomes a serious obstacle. Medical cannabis, or marijuana, has been used for centuries in that respect. It contains 480 natural components, including 66 cannabinoids, chemicals that are found only in this plant.

Our body naturally produces cannabinoids in certain amounts. There are receptors in the human body that respond to cannabinoids and regulate appetite: make us feel hungry (from within the stomach and intestinal tissue), increase food palatability (the limbic forebrain), produce energy from food (the reward center of the brain). When the body fails to naturally perform all these functions, using cannabis helps replicate these effects. Besides being an appetite stimulant, cannabis can be an antispasmodic and analgesic. In 1999 United States National Academy of Sciences and The Institute of medicine, based on their study of medical cannabis, recommended to use the benefits of cannabis to mitigate nausea, lack of appetite, pain and anxiety. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) assessed the potential risks and health benefits of marijuana, and reported that the cannabinoids in cannabis relieve pain, control vomiting and nausea, stimulate appetite. There are a lot of studies devoted to this topic in different countries. If medical marijuana can help save your life and increase its quality, it is worth using it. It will help you to alleviate unbearable effects of chemotherapy and make you feel better. Some studies state that cannabis has anti-cancer properties and can cure it. It is very important to consult a doctor before using cannabis, because the effectiveness of it depends on the dosage.

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