People smoke marijuana for two reasons. The first reason is for the physical and mental effect – or to get ‘high.’ The second reason is for medical purposes. Marijuana is now prescribed for cancer patients, but primarily to help manage the pain associated with cancer. A study that was published a few years ago, however, found that marijuana may do more than manage cancer pain. Does smoking pot help with pancreatic cancer?
Marijuana for Cancer Pain Management
In terms of managing pain, the use of marijuana helps to ease physical pain of all types. It does this by relaxing the body, and by blocking nerve sensors. Along with pain management, marijuana also helps to control the side effects of various cancer treatments, such as nausea and vomiting.
Additionally, marijuana increases the appetite, and this is beneficial because cancer typically causes a person to lose their appetite, as does the treatment. For these reasons, marijuana is now commonly prescribed to cancer patients.
Marijuana as a Treatment for Cancer
A study that was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Advance Access in 2007 reported that a German study found that the cannabinoid in marijuana, in concert with other drugs used for treatment, actually helps to prevent or delay the progression of cancer.
This, of course does not mean that the cancer can actually be cured with the use of marijuana, but it does mean that the cancer can be stopped in its tracks, allowing other forms of treatment to be more effective, and increasing the survival rate.
Should You Smoke Marijuana?
Even though marijuana has been proven to be an anti-carcinogenic substance, this is no reason to smoke marijuana if you do not have cancer. It is not a cancer prevention drug. Aside from preventing and curing cancer, marijuana also has the potential to cause cancer – and other health problems as well, including addiction.
If you have cancer, however, you should discuss the merits of marijuana with your doctor, for pain management, as well as for a viable treatment for any type of cancer that you have, including pancreatic cancer. Also make sure that you find out how marijuana will interact with other treatment that you are receiving.
October 19th, 2010
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