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Helpful Facts About Medical Marijuana For Cancer

MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL MARIJUANAS UPDATE

QUESTION:

Can I Get Medical Marijuana For Treatment of Cancer In Mississippi?

ANSWER:

Yes. But, you must be certified for treatment by a Mississippi Department of Health (MDOH) credentialed medical cannabis practitioner. The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act allows patients to be certified for medical marijuana treatment if they have a “debilitating medical condition”, which includes the following:

Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophy, glaucoma, spastic quadriplegia, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, sickle-cell anemia, Alzheimer’s disease, agitation of dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism, pain refractory to appropriate opioid management, diabetic/peripheral neuropathy, spinal cord disease or severe injury, or the treatment of these conditions Section 2 of The Mississippi Medical Marijuana Act:

The MDOH hopes to begin credentialing physicians no later than June 3rd, 2022. A list of credentialed doctors will be available then. After being certified you will then apply for your medical cannabis identification card through the Mississippi Department of Health. Products may not be available for purchase until late fall 2022.

Medical Marijuana for Cancer: Our Goal is to be the most trustworthy resource of reliable, easy-to-find, and impartial information for patients and families suffering from cancer and other qualifying medical conditions who are considering medical cannabis.

Medical Marijuana For Cancer

More Facts About Medical Marijuana For Cancer

Mississippi’s medical cannabis laws allow only MDOH credentialed practitioners to prescribe medical cannabis.

Marijuana strains vary in their amounts of THC or CBD. By state law, the flower cannot contain more than 30% THC, and all other forms are not more than 60% THC.

And, as with any medication, there are risks and side effects to consider. That is why it is so important to talk to your MDOH credentialed medical cannabis practitioner, pharmacist, and medical cannabis dispensary agent to help you consider:

  • The possible side effects you may experience.
  • The right strain (Indica, Sativa, or hybrid) for you.
  • The right “Start Low and Go Slow” micro-dosing plan for you.

 

Medical Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) and Cancer

The use of medical marijuana for cancer has been proven to be safe and effective. Most notably, medical studies have indicated that medical cannabis can reduce or even eliminate cancer symptoms, including severe pain, loss of appetite, and debilitating nausea. Moreover, most patients prefer the use of medical cannabis over traditionally prescribed medications, particularly when chemotherapy is used to treat their cancer. While still in pre-clinical research, there are signs that the use of medical cannabis and cannabinoids can have impacts in reducing cancer tumors, and possibly serve as a form of treatment.

Medical Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) and Chemotherapy

The most commonly studied use of medical cannabis is the impact it has on patients treated with chemotherapy. After nearly three decades of clinical studies, the use of medical cannabis reduces pain, cachexia, and nausea. Moreover, multiple studies have shown that for cancer patients experiencing debilitating nausea or vomiting, many traditional forms of medication, especially in pill form, are ineffective and difficult to digest. Additionally, many studies confirm that the use of medical cannabis is more effective in treatment, rather than anti-cancer medications that do have side effects such as vomiting.

Some of the most common medications prescribed during chemotherapy are opioid medications. Patients suffering from chronic pain as a result of cancer can find inadequate relief from opiates, and either increase the use of such medications or suffer without adequate relief. Some clinical trials including cancer patients with debilitating cancer pain while using opiates have tested the use of medical cannabis in comparison. These and other studies have shown a remarkable reduction in pain and suffering with the use of medical marijuana and cancer.

Medical cannabis has also been shown to assist cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy with mental health complications. A major issue with traditional medications commonly prescribed such as Phenothiazines is known to cause changes in mood, severe sedation, and even extrapyramidal symptoms. In comparison, medical cannabis has been shown to provide the opposite, including mood improvements, relief from anxiety, and improved energy.

Use of Medical Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) to Fight Cancer

Disclaimer: The content reported here is intended to provide the public with information as reported by medical and scientific studies and data available to the Mississippi Cannabis Patients Alliance. The Alliance does not provide a diagnosis of patient conditions, or provide healthcare recommendations for a specific patient. All patients should consult their healthcare provider on any forms of treatment specific to their current condition.

As more research emerges on the effectiveness of medical cannabis to treat symptoms of cancer and side effects of chemotherapy, there are also great and exciting new advances in research indicating that medical cannabis may also be useful in directly fighting cancer. Specifically, data from multiple medical studies indicate that medical cannabis can stop cancer growth. This has been found in cancers including liver, brain, melanoma, breast, among others. Other studies have illustrated the impact that medical cannabis has in fighting different types of cancer, from how its use can target, disrupt, and reduce cancer cells, to how it can prevent cancer cells from moving in the body, to outright eliminating cancer cells in tumors.

Research starting in 2005 further illustrates how medical cannabis can be used to fight cancer. Studies show that not only can medical cannabis target cancerous, malignant cells, but it is also capable of not impacting healthy cells in the body.

Source: https://www.safeaccessnow.org/cancer

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