Qualifying Disease & Condition Focus: Cancer

While research on treating cancer with cannabis is limited, there are many studies that show cannabis being useful in mitigating the side effects in cancer treatment.

 

Terminal cancer or cancer accompanied by chronic pain, nausea, cachexia or wasting syndrome is a qualifying condition for the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program.

There are over 100 different types of cancer which are characterized by an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells. The typical treatment for cancer may include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery. Unfortunately, these treatments are usually accompanied by unwanted side effects such as appetite loss, nausea/vomiting, nerve problems, pain, sleep problems and more. 

 

While research on treating cancer with cannabis is limited, there are many studies that show cannabis being useful in mitigating the side effects in cancer treatment.  A comprehensive review of scientific studies on the use of cannabis for cancer treatment symptoms found: smoked cannabis had positive effects on appetite and weight with an increase in caloric intake, cannabis has the ability to decrease Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting, and cannabis demonstrated analgesic effects.  Another study found that higher concentrations of THC during the evening were significantly associated with shorter sleep latency, less difficulty falling asleep and more daytime sleep the following day.