September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: 5 Ways Cannabis Can Help People with Cancer
In 2019, there will be an estimated 1,762,450 new cancer cases diagnosed and 606,880 cancer deaths in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Unfortunately, most people know someone who is dealing with or recovering from cancer. The good news is that survival rates are increasing; people are living longer and have a better chance of beating the devastating disease.
Cancer and often the treatment itself can wreak havoc on the mind and body but many cancer patients are finding relief through cannabis treatment. Some use CBD-rich and isolated CBD products while others opt for whole plant medicine containing THC, the choice is up to you and what works for your body and lifestyle.
How can cannabis provide relief when dealing with cancer?
A cancer diagnosis must be one of the most stressful life events a person and their family can go through. The worry, anxiety and uncertainty, plus waiting for test results and getting treatment can be quite scary! Cannabis, both CBD and whole plant, is a natural relaxant. It can also help distract the mind from anxiety-producing thoughts.
Nausea is often a side effect of cancer and its treatments. Feeling nauseated and lacking appetite make it hard to keep your strength up for all that lies ahead, but fortunately, cannabis is a well-known appetite stimulant! Not all strains produce “the munchies” though, so ask your friendly cannabis steward for recommendations.
A lack of sleep makes everything harder, from dealing with pain to the ability to deal with stress. Whether it’s from worry or physical discomfort, sleep can be elusive for people with cancer. Many strains of cannabis have sedating qualities, eliminating pain and easing the mind and body into sleep. Best of all, unlike traditional sleeping pills and opiates, there is no chance of accidental overdose and no hangover!
Both CBD and whole plant medicine can be effective for relieving pain. Cannabis is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic. A recent study found cannabis was 30x more effective than aspirin at relieving pain and inflammation!
It can be difficult to maintain a positive outlook amid such uncertainty and stress. Depression is a common symptom of many illnesses. While CBD products can make you relaxed and less irritable, whole plant medicine containing THC creates a sense of wellbeing and euphoria that can make any day easier. Be sure to ask for mood elevating strains!
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