My work as a consultant with Cann Help Clinics in Toronto, a medical marijuana clinic that specializes in developing personalized medical marijuana treatment plans, is probably my most rewarding as it allows me to help patients who desperately need relief from medical ailments, including cancer.
I consult with the doctors at the clinic to help guide them through selecting specialized genetics and strains that help with various medical ailments. To then watch those patients benefit from the strain of cannabis I’ve selected for them is truly amazing. Needless to say, I am so glad we are finally embracing alternative methods in medicine.
A number of studies involving individuals undergoing cancer treatment have shown that medical marijuana can help in managing the following areas, including pain, nausea and vomiting, and loss of appetite.
Cannabis works similarly to opioids when treating individuals living with cancer related pain. Additionally, it may have anti-inflammatory effects that can help with pain. And where opioids are highly addictive drugs, cannabis’ main ingredient is THC, a type of cannabinoid that is far more natural than your traditional manufactured drug.
Anyone who has received chemotherapy knows that nausea and vomiting is an unwanted side effect that comes along with the treatment. Again, while there are many medications available to relieve these symptoms, studies have shown that medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for nausea and vomiting.
Loss of appetite and weight loss is another common problem for people with cancer. Some people find that cannabis can increase their appetite, allowing them to maintain their weight.
In Canada, medical cannabis is legal with recreational cannabis legalized as of October 2018. The Canadian government allows seriously ill people access to cannabis for medical reasons.
Right now, the only way to purchase medical cannabis is by written order, from a federally licensed producer or over the phone and delivered by secure mail.
People who want to use cannabis for medical purposes must get a prescription from a doctor in order to purchase cannabis through licensed producers in Canada. The cannabis itself can come in many forms including dried cannabis, cannabis oil, or fresh cannabis buds or leaves that can be smoked, vaporized, or consumed.
Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations give people with cancer the option to use medicinal cannabis to help manage their symptoms and side effects. It is important to talk to your health care team about any symptoms or pain that you may be experiencing. This will help determine if medical marijuana is the best treatment option for you.