Cancer to be treated with cannabis

Cancer to be treated with cannabis

Medical cannabis has been shown to help people living with cancer manage their symptoms, with more than 95% of respondents reporting an improvement, the Pharmaceutical Journal writes. 

Managing symptoms, such as pain and nausea, is one of the primary aims of palliative cancer care. However, many patients experience inadequate relief with available medicines.

In a study published in the March 2018 edition of European Journal of Internal Medicine[1], researchers analysed data on 2,970 people living with cancer (51.2% stage 4) from Israel who were treated with medical cannabis between 2015 and 2017.

The team found that the most common types of cancer treated with medical cannabis were breast, lung and pancreatic cancers, and the most common symptoms treated were sleep problems, pain, weakness and nausea. At six months, 902 patients (24.9%) had died and 682 (18.8%) had stopped cannabis treatment.