Latest Clinical Test of Medical Cannabis as Treatment for Cancer

As of 2018, the increase of progressive research and studies about cannabis became active, and findings of CBD (cannabidiol) is still at the center table on the medical field.

There are published reviews, and studies from clinical trials were posted on the internet. Several studies show traces of evidence of the effective outcome of cannabis sativa and its components. Laboratory tests used various medicine drugs as a subject for experiments. But still, possession of cannabis is illegal under the federal law with the exception for approved research studies.

On the contrary to the federal law, a massive number of states including the District of Columbia have legalized CBD only for medical purposes.

Effect of Cannabis To Various Diseases

The cannabis sativa plant (marijuana) was reported to be an effective treatment for different types of illness such as nausea, chronic pain, anorexia, and cancer.

Here are some of the gathered evidence on the effect of cannabis on various diseases:

Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting.

According to some studies, the efficacy of smoked marijuana, and oral THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is limited. That finding leads medical experts to use a higher dosage to control chemo-induced nausea and vomiting, and a positive result happened.

Chronic Pain

Studies demonstrated the effectivity of cannabis and its compound to cure chronic pain. It can manage pain inline with neuropathy treatments and shows a decreased number of patients who have the illnesses.


Anorexia is a severe eating disorder of self-starving and uncontrollable weight loss. Cannabis has been used as a subject for clinical trials to resolve the issues of anorexia of some people. As the research proceeds, findings show that THC, a psychoactive compound of cannabis, can help to treat the illness. THC proves to activate the receptor that pushes to the desire of eating to increase by enabling the high sensitivity of our smell and taste sensors.


Searching for an effective way of treating cancer is still ongoing. Recently, there are technologies and medicines discovered which experts claimed to have successfully managed cancer. One of those medicines is the cannabis sativa plant and its compound. Though the use of cannabis as a medicine is still illegal under a particular law, it has already proved to be effective upon different clinical trials. Cannabis believes in helping relieve symptoms and controls cancer cells on spreading inside the body.

What Are The Adverse Effect Of Cannabis

Even though there are documentation and studies that show the positive effects of cannabis on killing cancer cells and other illness, people taking marijuana sativa plant in purified and as a plant itself may encounter adverse effects upon the process.

Some of the adverse effects that a patient might encounter are the slow process of mental ability, impaired reactions, and anxiety. But the result always varies depending on the amount of dose a person had taken.

In low dosage of cannabis, the adverse effect can be mild euphoria, temporal slowing, sociability, reduced anxiety, and relaxation. Then when a person took a high dose of cannabis, the outcome may be agitation, dry mouth, and eyes, impaired body functions, paranoia, hallucinations, tachycardia, and depersonalization.

There are also cases of long-term use of cannabis which may lead to impaired memory, attention, verbal, addictive chances and mild withdrawal syndrome. When it comes to withdrawal syndrome, it may occur 48 hours after effect of regular use of cannabis. It can cause irritability, nervousness, restlessness, insomnia, and anxiety.

The Clinical Trials Of Cannabis

Aside from cancer, cannabis has been a subject for a clinical trial to cure Alzheimer’s disease. It plays a significant role as the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective compound. There are firm shreds of evidence of taking cannabis on moderation which may help to delay and prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2003, cannabinoids were claimed to be antioxidants and neuroprotectants by the potent US6630507 of the United States government. It demonstrates the result of cannabis and agrees to the ability of cannabis in limiting neurological damage such as trauma and strokes.

As of 2006, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound of cannabis, is proven to have effectivity upon healing and delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease than any other medicines.

After the trials of 2006, there were clinical examinations conducted in 2007 which the British Journal of Pharmacology claimed that the approach of cannabis to the Alzheimer’s is multi-faceted in reducing neuroinflammation and supports the brain’s mechanism.

Then, on 2012 there has been clinical trial conducted by Andras Bilkei-Gorzo of University of Bonn that declared a promising technique of delaying brain aging by increasing the activity of cannabinoids receptor either by receptor agonist or pharmacological blockade. It also claimed that it could delay the onset of brain deficiency by the non-selective chronic administration of cannabinoids.

And lastly, on the latter part of 2014, there were three trials conducted by Professor Gary Wenk of Ohio State University, Chuanhai Cao of the University of South Florida and Steven Fagan from the University of Dublin. They all state that the effectivity of cannabis as subject to slow the development of dementia, reduce oxidating, and stress. Chuanhai Cao added that THC could be a potential ailment for Alzheimer’s disease by various pathways.

When it comes to cancer, there are still not enough clinical trials to support the effectivity of cannabis. But the anti-tumor compounds of cannabinoids such as CBD and THC are already well-established. Since 1970’s researchers and scientist previously investigated its synthesis and produced approximately 1,100 published papers regarding cannabis as a treatment for cancer and also shown to be useful not only to cure cancer but also to the side effects of the disease such as nausea, vomiting and lack of appetite.

On the other hand, the treatment that cannabis gives to the patients is not limited to cancer itself but also to the emotional and mental disorders that cancer patient may encounter upon the progress of healing. It is said to have properties proven to be non-toxic and has achieved the therapeutic effect according to a huge amount of anecdotal reports from different clinical trials.

However, the essential effects of cannabis in some cases of cancer and other illness, the federal law still do not recognize the use of medical marijuana for the reason that it still has a psychoactive effect to the user. If you are deciding to make use of cannabis, then a doctor’s prescription is highly needed with consideration of the law.

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