Herbs and plants were the original treatments for many illnesses and injuries people faced. As such, cannabis or marijuana use dates back centuries. It popped up in Western medicine in the 19th century as a means of relieving pain, inflammation, and spasms.
Today, marijuana use can spark some serious debate, even when considered for medical use only. But regardless of how you feel about its use, more cancer patients are turning to marijuana for a number of reasons.
Marijuana is not legal for use everywhere and researchers have their own concerns about potential side effects. For some patients, however, the benefits can be invaluable as they go through treatment.
What do you do when your doctor tells you that they can do nothing more for you, that your stage IV lung cancer is terminal and you only have about 6 months to live so you had better get your affairs in order.
Well, if you are a strong woman living in Australia and have a supportive husband who believes along with you that giving up is not an option, then you look for alternative methods to cure your cancer.
Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2013, several biopsies determined that chemotherapy would only prolong 54-year-old Sharon Kelly’s life for so long and would make her incredibly ill and weak, and that radiation therapy would do more harm than good.
Sharon had a 5cm primary tumour in her left lung (pictured in the CT scan to the left). She had a number of lymph nodes in her chest that were cancerous as well as a lymph node in the base of her neck that was inflamed with cancer. She had considerable fluid around her heart which they said was cancer in the pleura lining of the left lung.
There is a growing interest in the use of medical marijuana, and more and more studies are being done on the benefits of using marijuana for various conditions, including cancer. There’s no question that the war on drugs has set back medical marijuana research and cannabinoid research in general by probably decades, but fortunately research is surging ahead at the moment.
Researchers from the University of East Anglia in the UK in conjunction with a team from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona have discovered that the mood-altering effects of marijuana’s active ingredient, THC, is triggered in the brain by a separate mechanism to some of its other effects.