October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. According to Statistics Canada breast cancer is the most common cancers in Canadian woman. There was an estimated 103,200 new cases of cancer in Canadian women in 2017, breast cancer was at the top of that list, making up 26% of those cases.
Medical cannabis is an option that can help with some of the symptoms of breast cancer as well as the side effects of cancer treatments. Several studies have shown that some cannabinoids have benefits for reducing chemotherapy symptoms such as vomiting and nausea in patients. Other studies have shown that it is effective in treating pain. Loss of appetite is another common problem for people with cancer, some patients have claimed that cannabis can help increase their appetite. Some patients also state that using cannabis helps them to relax and gives them a sense of well-being. Consequently, more and more women are seeking out cannabis to find relief.
The question is, is cannabis palliative or is it able to kill cancer cells? More studies need to be conducted before we can know for sure.
We want to empower young woman to enter the conversation of using cannabis as a medicine. If you or some one you know has a story about how Cannabis has enriched their life, helped with treating pain, depression, etc, we would love to hear your stories!
If you or some one you know is suffering reach out to us to learn more about how medical cannabis can help at www.medmc.ca or by calling 1-844-312-5143.