As reputable entities like the American Cancer Society (ACS) start talking about what marijuana can do for patients who are struggling with different cancers, you may be wondering how exactly this plant may be beneficial to someone with breast cancer. Here are some of the ways in which marijuana can help as someone undergoes cancer treatment.
Dealing with Anxiety
For most people, anxiety goes up the moment they are given a cancer diagnosis. This tension and uncertainty can take a huge toll mentally and physically before the first round of treatment is even given. Research indicates that marijuana is very good at helping people to deal with a wide scope of anxiety disorders, so breast cancer patients can enjoy this benefit too.
Pain is one of the direct effects associated with cancer. This pain can be at injection sites or after one has undergone surgery. One of the effects of marijuana that the scientific community almost agrees upon is the pain-killing effects of the substance. Breast cancer sufferers can therefore use marijuana to deal with the pain that they live with on a daily basis.
The ACS refers to a study that was done and found that people who smoked marijuana suffered fewer episodes of vomiting and nausea triggered by chemotherapy. Breast cancer sufferers can also get relief from nausea while they undergo breast cancer treatment, especially chemotherapy. Chemo is so widely disliked because of the way it makes patients to feel nauseous, so if marijuana can help, then the treatment will be more tolerable.
Many cancer patients develop insomnia for a variety of reasons, such as the anxiety that comes with knowing that one has cancer. The chronic pain associated with cancer can also trigger insomnia. A large study done to investigate how marijuana helps with this condition found that insomnia reduced in most patients within 30 days of starting to use the substance. The overall quality of sleep also improved remarkably, so breast cancer patients would also enjoy these benefits if they started using marijuana judiciously.
Recent research has also revealed that marijuana isn’t just good at alleviating many of the symptoms associated with cancer, but the substance can also have a beneficial effect on the tumors themselves. Cannabinoids were found to suppress the growth of breast cancer tumors in patients with advanced forms of the disease, but there are indications that these cannabinoids could also help those with the earlier stages of breast cancer.
It is hard to find one plant that can have such wide-ranging benefits for people suffering from various forms of cancer, but marijuana seems to do all this work effortlessly. Analysts believe sector actors like Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) and Hemptown USA are constantly awed by the new reports of what else this versatile plant can do for human health.
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