I was recently approached by a friend-of-a-friend searching for relief from the terrible hangover-like symptoms of chemo. I wrote back as fast as I could with anything that came to mind. Besides adapting diet, immune supplements, increasing your amount of rest, or resorting to the use of prescription painkillers, what are your options to tackle pain like that? ACP recently did a post about meditation, and if that’s not your thing but you’re still looking for something “natural”, then maybe consider the multiple benefits of cannabinoids, the compound found in marijuana. Numerous medicinal benefits have many members of the health community at rapt attention. No, you don’t have to get high to experience the benefits, although many high-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) products DO help the chronically ill (no pun intended). In a growing number of states (using Washington as an example), entering a medical marijuana database provides patients or caregivers picking up for them as their legal provider to purchase a multitude of products both fast and/or long-acting to aid in their day-to-day comfort and treatment of cancer. There is everything from whole-plant oil vaporizing products to dissolving breath mint strips to good ol’ fashioned chocolate items (and, of course, “bud”!). On top of that, at certain dispensaries in Washington State, for example, medical marijuana patients are given tax-free, 10% discounted purchases, and even further discounts on top of that. If you’ve never looked into the world of medicinal, legalized marijuana, I would highly recommend checking out the following websites to see the length to which science and research has gone to back it. It is much more that just pain relief – the anti-tumor (and also anti-epileptic) properties are widely studied. Leave no stone left unturned.
“National Cancer Institute – Complementary and Alternative Medicine” – For patients: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer… –
For health professionals: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer…
“ Unique resources for patients, caregivers, health professionals, and policy-makers: CBD locator, dosing guide and other patient guidance, CBD news, speaking schedule, master classes, books and more. “ https://www.projectcbd.org/ Cancer-specific references: https://www.projectcbd.org/cancer
– A look at a legal dispensary in Seattle, Washington (medicinal AND recreational). http://www.docksidecannabis.com/