The term cancer is used to describe more than 200 diseases in which cells grow uncontrollably and sometimes form a mass of tissue called a tumor. According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2018 an estimated 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 Americans will die from the disease. The most common types of cancer are breast, lung and prostate cancer. Others forms of the disease include colon, skin, thyroid and liver cancers, and Leukemia, which affects the body’s blood-forming tissues.
Research supports the use of medical cannabis in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy. Studies have long shown that people who utilize medical cannabis in their cancer treatment tend to need less pain medicine. Medical cannabis is specifically helpful in the treatment of neuropathic pain (pain caused by damaged nerves that may be due to radiation and chemotherapy). Although there have been no conclusive studies in humans, in vitro (test tube) research has shown that THC and other cannabinoids (the active ingredients in marijuana) slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells. Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce the spread of certain forms of cancer. Medical cannabis also stimulates appetite in patients receiving chemotherapy thereby reducing the severity of cachexia or wasting syndrome.
Compared with accepted pharmaceutical therapies for this condition, medical cannabis is remarkably safe. There has never been a reported death due to overdose and most adverse events occur early in therapy and go away on their own.
In Minnesota, Vireo Health is a proud participant in a collaborative project named CanCan (Cannabis in Cancer), under the guidance of principal investigator Dr. Dylan Zylla, to pilot a randomized trial of medical cannabis in patients with newly diagnosed, stage IV cancers to assess the impact on opioid use and cancer-related symptoms. While we actively promote research at Vireo Health, we discourage patients from relying on marijuana as treatment while avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for cancer.
Our medical team at Vireo Health has extensive experience supporting thousands of patients utilizing medical cannabis as a treatment. We utilize the latest scientific research, internal protocols, and our extensive experience to help you find your best medical cannabis treatment regimen. Click here to learn more about the wide variety of best-in-class medical marijuana from Vireo, which can be used to treat qualifying patients with Cancer. We also conveniently offer delivery, online scheduling for patients as well as virtual consultations.