Chemotherapy is the most common form of treatment for various types of cancer, and involves a cocktail of different chemicals that set out to kill cancerous white cells within the body. Chemotherapy is commonly used as a treatment option for cancers such as prostate, breast cancer and even brain cancer. While the treatment may be strong, it unfortunately comes with a variety of harmful and difficult-to-bear symptoms such as  fatigue, pain, mouth and throat sores, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, constipation, blood disorders, infertility, loss of memory and appetite loss.

In some cases it has been found that chemotherapy has an adverse effect, and despite it’s effectiveness at killing cancerous cells makes the patient too physically weak to survive the fight. A number of lab and animal studies have come forth documenting cannabis’s powerful capabilities in fighting cancer. Unfortunately, due to very limited human trials and research the substance has yet to be approved as a sole treatment option for cancer patients. This is particularly disheartening when taking into account the fact that cannabis comes with practically no harmful symptoms. 

However, there is some good news in the realm of cannabis and cancer treatment. Overwhelmingly, research has supported the claim that cannabis drastically reduces the side effects that accompany chemotherapy. As a result, a number of states have permitted their residents to seek out cannabis as a form of therapeutic and medicinal treatment during chemotherapy. In addition to its powerful effects on chemotherapy side effects, cannabis has also been found to halt the development of cancerous cells, making them more receptive to chemotherapy. 

If you, or someone you know, is currently undergoing chemotherapy and would like to use cannabis as a form of symptom management, we suggest starting off by reading your state’s list of qualifying conditions.