Pot, Weed, And Cannabis - What Do You Think About Medical Marijuana?
My grandparents grew weed. They grew one marijuana plant in their backyard. I actually only recently knew that the plant existed – and did for many years - in front of my face. My grandparents weren’t partying with Miley or hanging with Snoop Lion or anything of the sort…but they were in pain.
Now I want to make a disclaimer – I do not smoke marijuana. But many cancer patients do and on occasion we are asked our stance on the legalization of marijuana. Here at KAB we do support a patient’s right to the best care and medical resources. For some patients the usage of medical marijuana, as prescribed by a doctor, for the treatment of cancer-related side effects might be the best answer for them.
Let me state that we are not telling people to go out to the nearest street corner and start asking people for drugs. Medical marijuana is not like street marijuana. Medical marijuana is crafted to address your specific concerns. Let me explain, Cannabis contains over 400 chemical compounds. In a lab, scientists can modulate the pharmacokinetics of these (like THC). Chemical components are called cannabinoids and certain ones (dronabinol and nabilone) have been approved for the treatment of cancer related side effects. Medical use can be tailored to what the patient needs specifically. Are you experiencing weightloss? Doctors can prescribe a cannabinoid that will enhance your appetite but not affect your sleep. Are you experiencing painful peripheral neuropathy? Doctors can prescribe a specific cannabinoid that has anti-inflammatory effects with anti-oxidants.
There are many things to still be concerned about. Like any prescribed medication marijuana may cause toxic side effects as well as changes in mood or consciousness. Marijuana can be addictive and the development of the brain in young people can be more susceptible to harm than adults. These are very real concerns that should be taken into consideration.
If you are suffering from cancer related side effects we strongly suggest you research further before making any decisions about marijuana or any drug.
Here are a few of our favorite resources:
Cancer.org – History and Usage of Marijuana
If you would like to learn more or find a clinical trial in your state click here.
If you are a survivor we would love to hear your opinion. What do you think?
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