January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. It was estimated that around 14,480 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2021. More research is beginning to emerge about the benefits of using medical cannabis for cancer-related symptoms.
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer occurs in the cells of the cervix — the lower part of the uterus. It starts when the cells mutate, grow out of control and crowd out normal cells. Long-lasting infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. Studies have found that medical cannabis can help patients improve their quality of life.
Medical Marijuana and Cancer Treatments
Currently the recommended treatments for cervical cancer include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. However, these treatments present several limitations and side effects. A 2016 study found that cannabis may inhibit cancerous cells from multiplying as well as support cancerous cell death. Furthermore, medical marijuana has been found to reduce side effects of cancer treatment while improving quality of life.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help With Cancer Symptoms?
Recent research suggests that medical marijuana may help alleviate cervical cancer symptoms and lessen the side effects of chemotherapy. Medical cannabis may help with symptoms such as:
- Lack of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Reduce opioid use
In addition to relieving symptoms, some studies suggest that cannabis may also inhibit tumor growth, though more research is still needed to understand its anti-cancer effects.
Does Cancer Qualify for Medical Cannabis in Texas?
All stages of cancer qualify for medical cannabis in Texas. Click below to start your journey to relief with medical cannabis.