Medical Cannabis could improve the quality of Life of Cancer Patients


Mainly used only for recreation, cannabis is now researched for its medical benefits too. Research for positive characteristics of cannabis suggests its use against many chronic health conditions, and also that cancer patient can benefit from medical cannabis, say scientists at Australia.

At this time, the world’s largest clinical trials for medicinal use of cannabis conducted by scientists at the University of Sydney and NHMRC Clinical Trials Center. For this, the government of New South Wales has invested 21 million AUD in the project. Scientists vied to see how medical cannabis can be used to help people suffering from cancer. And, research revealed that medical cannabis can significantly improve the quality of life of cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.

Use of Medical Cannabis reduced percentage of Patient with chemotherapy side-effects

Mostly chemotherapy causes significant adverse side effects such as nausea and vomiting. To corroborate the finding, a quarter of the patients who were administered medical cannabis experienced no nausea and vomiting, compared to 14% of patients who were administered placebo. A significant difference.

Cancer patients who undertake chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting are the most discouraging adverse side effects, say doctors. They make patients quit the therapy. For this, cannabis helped to achieve significant improvement in the quality of life of chemotherapy patients.

The study for medical use of cannabis lasted two and a half years that had 81 participants enrolled. Patients who were administered medical cannabis did experience dizziness, sedation, and drowsiness, with only one third of patients rating the symptoms to be moderate to severe. Meanwhile, these symptoms of medical cannabis were easily manageable compared to adverse side effects experienced with chemotherapy. A part of much bigger study, scientists already know their future steps from the pilot phase.

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