The Emperor of All Maladies


by Tamir Bresler, Assistant Editor of Terpenes and Testing Magazine

While cancer in many ways was “the disease” of the 20th century, the 21st century has already brought us huge successes in the fight against malignancies. Advancement in treatments and understanding of the mechanisms underlying the disease was recently reported to have led to a 27% overall drop in the mortality rate of cancer patients since 1984. Likewise, increasing social acceptance and physiological understanding of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has created a new field of cannabinoid basic research. Brought together, the healing properties of cannabis represent a novel approach to dealing with the direct malignant tumors and with the many terrible side effects of cancer and its currently prescribed chemotherapies.

For starters, cannabinoids are already playing an increasingly significant role in the palliative care of cancer patients. [1] Considerable, high-quality clinical evidence demonstrates that manipulation of the ECS regulates nausea and vomiting in humans and other animals. [2] Cannabinoids may be particularly useful in treating the notoriously difficult to control symptoms of nausea and anticipatory nausea in chemotherapy patients, as recent evidence from animal models suggests. Cannabis products might be less potent than some currently available pharmaceutical anti-emetics, but for some patients, it is the only agent that works. Not insignificantly, it is also the only treatment of these symptoms increases appetite concurrently with nausea control. [1]


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