Research on cannabis for treating cancer gains ground

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Federal agencies are getting behind studies to prove how cannabis can help treat cancer

As time goes on, more and more studies are being reported in relation to cannabis and cancer. Although it is a broad topic with a long way to go, more and more research centers are looking to accelerate the pace. The interest has been so great that even some federal agencies have been funding new research.

Although research on the effect of marijuana consumption on cancer is still in its infancy, many patients with this disease have reported using products related to the plant to control their symptoms, giving them a better quality of life. Cancer patients have made use of different cannabinoids for the purpose of palliative care to help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, relieve nausea and stimulate appetite.

With the rapid evolution that the industry has begun to undergo over the past few years, especially through legislative efforts, some clinical trials and studies of cannabinoids in the treatment of cancer in humans have been launched. In fact, a few days ago, the federal government took action on the matter after promoting funding opportunities for different scientists and researchers to take a closer look at the risks and benefits of the plant for these types of patients.

Last week the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said that research on the health effects of cannabis consumption is still limited. Still, there are more and more anecdotal experiences that make it clear how good the plant can be in the treatment of cancer. The NIH’s National Cancer Institute said the application seeks to “promote research to understand the mechanisms by which cannabis and cannabinoids affect cancer biology, cancer interception, cancer treatment and resistance, and cancer symptom management.”