Study: Marijuana use as a cancer treatment is growing, with up to one quarter of patients using it, and more wanting to
Study: Marijuana use as a cancer treatment is growing, with up to one quarter of patients using it, and more wanting to by: Tracey Watson – Natural News
Over half of all U.S. states have now passed legislation allowing for the medicinal use of marijuana. The New York Times recently reported that over 200 million Americans live in states where the medicinal use of marijuana is now legal. This has opened up many new areas of treatment, and patients suffering the debilitating side effects of conventional cancer treatments are making increasing use of marijuana to help them cope.
According to Science Daily, a study recently published in the American Cancer Society’s peer reviewed journal Cancer found that around one in four cancer patients surveyed had used marijuana in the preceding year to ease the symptoms of chemotherapy, including nausea, vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea and mouth sores.
The research team, led by Steven Pergam, M.D., MPH, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, surveyed 926 patients from the Seattle Cancer Center Alliance. The responses from patients were overwhelmingly positive towards marijuana: Three quarters showed keen interest in getting more information about how marijuana could help them, while two thirds admitted to using marijuana in the past – 24 percent within the last year, and 21 percent within the last four weeks.
The patients who had used marijuana had mostly done so for pain relief, to ease the physical symptoms of treatment, or to help them cope with the depression, stress and insomnia that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. (Related: Study proves medical marijuana can replace dangerous pharmaceuticals.)
Interestingly, most patients admitted that though they were keenly interested in obtaining more information about marijuana, they would not be likely to approach their healthcare providers to get it. (Related: Discover why so many people are now turning elsewhere for reliable healthcare information at Medicine.news.)
“Cancer patients desire but are not receiving information from their cancer doctors about marijuana use during their treatment, so many of them are seeking information from alternate non-scientific sources,” said Dr. Pergam. “We hope that this study helps to open up the door for more studies aimed at evaluating the risks and benefits of marijuana in this population. This is important, because if we do not educate our patients about marijuana, they will continue to get their information elsewhere.”
In other words, medical professionals are desperately scrambling to regain their patients’ trust in a world where accurate and reliable information is available at their fingertips.
What those doctors are not likely to tell their patients is that marijuana is not only a useful remedy for the side effects of toxic conventional cancer treatments; there are also many people who claim that marijuana has actually been a powerful weapon against the cancer itself.
Back in 2015, Natural News told the story of David Hibbitt, a British man whose doctors assured him his bowel cancer was terminal, and that he would be dead within 18 months. After trying the usual cancer treatments – chemotherapy, radiation and surgery – all of which failed, Hibbitt took control of his own treatment plan, and after doing loads of research online, decided to try cannabis oil. The high-potency cannabis oil, which only cost him $75 a month, has left him cancer free.
Then there’s the story of Lynn Cameron, a Scottish woman who was given just months to live after being diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor. She, too, tried conventional cancer treatments, but to no avail. It was only after Cameron eliminated all sugar and processed foods from her diet and started taking cannabis oil, that she started to improve. In spite of only being given 18 months to live by her oncologist, Cameron has now been in remission for over four years.
So, those patients using marijuana to cope with the side effects of their chemotherapy might find they get an entirely unexpected bonus: It might actually cure them!