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Cannabis has several compounds that have research-backed benefits for cancer patients. The science shows that it’s a safe and effective medicine that can be used to treat cancer-related symptoms like pain, nausea, and inflammation. Some research has shown that it might have benefit in slowing cancer growth and shrinking tumor size.

Medical marijuana is approved in several states as a supplemental treatment for cancer patients. That’s because it’s been proven to relieve many of the uncomfortable and painful symptoms that are caused by cancer and conventional, mainstream treatments. 


Marijuana for pain relief in cancer patients is thought to work in a variety of ways. Since pain manifests in different parts of the body, selecting the appropriate cannabis product is very important. Different cannabinoids from THC and CBD have been shown to treat pain differently. There are three types of pain – nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain, and central pain. Each pain has a different origin, so each has an optimal treatment. Marijuana and cancer pain control means addressing all of these types of pain with specific products and specific dosages.

Pain is the result of the coordinated activation of individualized brain cells. For cancer patients, strains that are CBD rich can help protect against the development of chemotherapy-induced pain. Through the activation of serotonin receptors, medical cannabis helps to keep cancer patients pain free without interfering with the effectiveness of chemotherapy.  

Marijuana works similarly to the use of opioids – without all of the adverse side effects. Marijuana for cancer pain relief helps to address the inflammation that cancer treatment creates. Dosing is specific to each person, so keep in mind it might take a little bit of experimentation to find the best dose for you. There are a wide array of strains available at most dispensaries, and each will work differently in your body. Depending on the time of day you take your medical cannabis, you might prefer something that offers a body high so you can sleep and rest. If you have activities that require your energy and attention, a blend that gives both a body and a brain high might be best for you. Remember that delivery methods will provide different effects, including how quickly you feel relief and how long the relief lasts. 


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If you’re suffering from cancer pain, know that we’re here to help. Our trusted, compassionate team of licensed physicians is available to answer any questions you have. We’ll help you quickly navigate the registration process for a medical marijuana card so you can start to see the immediate benefits of using cannabis to treat your pain. When you visit one of our trusted dispensaries, the staff will be able to answer any questions you have about strains, dosing, and delivery methods.

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