These benefits correlate well to those reported in post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) patients, he said.
Long-term follow-up of this cohort of patients is planned, which will no doubt provide thought-provoking insights into the effects of marijuana on the QOL challenges among patients who undergo treatment and among long-term survivors, the group concluded.
— Patients on marijuana reported better depression and anxiety scores
“One of the big weaknesses of this paper is that we don’t know how much or how the marijuana was used,” Gupta said. “Pain specialists use varied titrations of CBD and THC. I think any new drug has to be titrated to effect — it is possible that experienced users know how to do that already and new users may not.”
The two major neuroactive phytocannabinoids within marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), have distinctive pharmacological and behavioral effects. “A central role is played by THC in the regulation of fear-related and anxiety-related behavior, whereas CBD activates receptors that constrain fear-related and psychological stress responses,” the group explained.
For the study, researchers consecutively enrolled 148 patients upon diagnosis of head and neck cancer at a single tertiary care cancer center from 2011 to 2015. Patients were a mean age of 62, and most were male (83.5%). There were no significant differences in age, sex, tumor subsite, clinical TNM staging, treatment modality, or mean Karnofsky scores (92.4 and 90.8, respectively) between the 74 recreational marijuana users and 74 non-users.
i have been taking cbd for over a year before I got breast cancer I ask my oconlogist if I could take while having treatment they really couldn’t give me a answer so I decided to start after my treatment which I have just helped my joints
While there is evidence that medicinal cannabis products can help manage pain and side-effects from cancer treatment there is currently no reliable evidence that it can effectively treat cancer in patients. Further trials are needed to understand whether cannabis-containing products could be used to treat cancer in the future. You can find out more about the research that is currently being carried out in a very interesting article on our science blog.
I am sorry to hear about your mum and it is normal to feel that we want to do all we can to help or as you say to “fix” things. The best thing you can do is simply be there for your mum and to trust her medical team and ask them anything you want to know more about.
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Hi Rebecca, I’ve been taking cbd oil for pain and joints it very good for that but i don’t know about anything else, Billy