Despite there being over 100 known types of cancer, breast cancer continues to be the most prevalent in the US. Recent studies have shown that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, accounting for nearly 10-15 percent of breast cancer diagnoses globally. Sadly, this means that nearly half a million women around the world will die from breast cancer annually. While breast cancer may be one of the most funded areas of cancer research today, there has yet to be a cure developed for the disease.
Recently, researchers have taken on a different angle and have began to dig into the use of medicinal cannabis and its effects on breast cancer patients. Amazingly, it was discovered that cannabinoids (found in cannabis) bond with the receptors within the body either switching off the production of cancerous cells, or in some cases killing it all together. From this perspective, multiple cannabinoids can assist a patient’s body by killing off cancerous cells, halting additional cell growth, and preventing the spread of existing cancer cells.
Currently the most common forms of breast cancer treatment and pain management for patients are opiates and chemotherapy. However, these forms of treatment come with a host of painful and addictive symptoms.
If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and would like to receive cannabis as a treatment option, we suggest starting off by checking your state’s list of qualifying conditions to see if you are eligible for a medicinal marijuana program. The majority of states that have legalized the use of medicinal cannabis include various forms of cancer in their list, so consider speaking with your doctor to find out what steps to take next.