Medical Cannabis or medical marijuana is a plant either in a raw or dried form or an extract or preparation made from Cannabis Sativa, or Cannabis Indica for medical use prescribed by physicians for their patients. Cannabinoids are found naturally in Cannabis.
Cannabis is made of three major compounds that include THC, CBD, and CBN. The Cannabis plant has been used for centuries around the world.
Studies in laboratories done on animal models suggest that Cannabinoids can kill cancer cells. The study indicates that patients who consume medicated Cannabis experience lesser Nausea compared to those on antiemetics or placebo. They might face some side effects such as feeling high and a certain amount of dizziness.
Working against the growth of cancer or preventing its spread improves the chances of survival with the help of treatments and therapies to improve the anticancer action. As per current research, there is no evidence that medical Cannabis is the cure for cancer. Whereas, BCCT prefers to undertake medical Cannabis over other conventional treatments.
Cannabinoids like CBD and others have exhibited anticancer properties. Here are the details:
Many results show a positive impact of using medical Cannabis whereas there is a contradiction found in other studies. For example, in 2013, breast, prostate, glioma, lymphoma, and Pancreatic Cancer cell studies showed a positive efficacy. Whereas in 2018, studies have shown that there is insufficient evidence to prove that medical Cannabis can cure cancer. Thereby, further research is needed for any such conclusions to be drawn to conclude the anticancer role of Cannabinoids.
There is no clear cut evidence, but as per a review in 2018, the consumption of Cannabinoids and Cannabis have reported no significant difference in improving appetite, sleep, nausea/ vomitings in cancer patients. In contrast, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have stated positive outcomes of consuming Cannabis. According to the Harvard Mental Health Letter, there is not a sufficient amount of evidence to prove that recommending medical Cannabis as a treatment for any psychiatric disorder would be fruitful.
Cannabis can lead to physical or psychological dependence in people; hence caution and medical supervision are advised. There are some cases where cancer-promoting activities have been found in breast, bronchial, hepatoma, and lung cell lines in some studies.
Access to medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids are restricted in most locations. Both the patient and the prescribed individual are subjected to legal sanctions in some locations. In the United States, 30 states have legalized the consumption of medicated cannabis, including the District of Columbia.
According to the research carried out by WHO, CBD does not show any indications for addiction and dependence in humans.
Psychological dependence occurs when a person cannot stop the consumption willingly by himself. Withdrawal symptoms may include signs of irritability, insomnia, loss of appetite, migraine, restlessness, and so on.
Take advice from your healthcare provider to understand how to consume cannabis, its side effects, how long it must be taken, and any other queries you may have.