Cancer is a collection of diseases defined by abnormal, uncontrolled cell growth throughout an organism. Cancer can start anywhere in the body and spreads to surrounding tissues. New cells may form when not needed, damaged cells may not die as they should, or additional cells may divide without stopping and form tumors.
Chemotherapy is a potent drug treatment that can be used to kill fast-growing cancer cells in the body. Chemotherapy may be used as the sole treatment for cancer or to eradicate those hidden cells left after other treatments are completed. It may also be aimed at shrinking a tumor, thereby making surgeries easier.
Chemotherapy is an effective cancer treatment, but it also has a number of unpleasant side effects.
Chemotherapy affects not only the cancer cells but healthy fast-growing cells as well.
Chemotherapy patients may experience nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, anorexia, fever, and fatigue. Mouth sores are also common with moderate to severe pain or numbness in some areas of the body.
Use CBD and Cannabis for Chemotherapy Treatment
When it comes to managing the side effects of chemotherapy, there are traditional and natural options. Have a discussion about different treatments with your medical team.
In many states, medical cannabis is an approved natural treatment option for patients with cancer and those undergoing chemotherapy. Studies have shown that the therapeutic cannabinoids found in medical cannabis can help chemotherapy patients better cope with symptoms and side effects caused by their treatments.
Medical marijuana can reduce nausea and vomiting, even when prescribed anti-nausea drugs are not providing relief. Medical cannabis can help someone suffering from a lack of appetite, loss of appetite, and cachexia. Many patients also consider it to be an effective treatment option for long-term and severe pain.
If you are interested in using medical cannabis for the treatment of chemotherapy side effects, book an appointment with Louisiana Medical Marijuana Doctors to connect with a licensed cannabis-friendly doctor in your state to begin the application process for a medical marijuana card.