Breast Cancer Awareness is held in the month of October. Chances are, you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. According to U.S. breast cancer statistics, there is a probability that one in eight women in America will develop breast cancer over their lifetime.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that not factoring in other types of cancers, the most common type of cancer among women in the U.S is breast cancer. It does not discriminate on race or ethnicity, and anyone can develop breast cancer.
Women can now use marijuana to manage the side effects and pain caused by breast cancer treatment. Listed below are the benefits of using medical marijuana for breast cancer:
- Eases pain by reducing inflammation.
- Manages chemotherapy side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
- Stimulates appetite suppressed by rounds of chemotherapy.
- Relieves anxiety.
- Induces relaxation thus stimulating sleep.
- It inhibits the growth of cancer cells and reduces the size of the tumor.
It is essential to understand that women and men’s health differ; therefore, the medical community has tried to develop treatment tailored to meet the needs of each individual instead of thinking one size fits all.
Cannabinoid receptors in women are sensitive, especially those located in the uterus, and since they are concentrated, they help in relieving pain, regulating mood, improving appetite, and inducing sleep more effectively than in men. Also, women require lower doses of marijuana because the presence of cannabinoid receptors enables their bodies to absorb marijuana quickly and efficiently. This provides them with better pain relief and management of other symptoms they may experience.
The regular use of marijuana can lead to marijuana tolerance, and this would require women to up their dosage over time.
The menstrual cycle causes estrogen levels to fluctuate, which makes women more sensitive to the effects of marijuana. Therefore, they should adjust the doses according to the level of the estrogen to achieve the desired impact. For example, lower doses should be taken around ovulation when estrogen is highest.
Hormonal therapy is prescribed for women to slow the growth and spread of breast cancer cells. This therapy can either add or remove hormones, which eventually affects the body’s response to marijuana. A recent study on cannabis that used animal subjects shows that CBD, one of the compounds found in marijuana, helps to shrink breast cancer cells and reduce tumor growth.
Experts think that different groups of patients need specialized information to help them understand how medical marijuana can be of help to them, and that could be the reason why marijuana companies like VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) and Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) emphasize the provision of information so that customers make informed decisions when selecting products.
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