Florida recognizes cancer as a qualifying condition for patients interested in medical marijuana. Medical marijuana can help ease certain symptoms associated with cancer of the breast, prostate, colon, kidney, and other areas of the body. This November, in honor of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, our qualified physicians discuss cannabis for this type of cancer.

Does Cannabis Have Benefits for Lung Cancer Patients?

Medical marijuana is currently being used to manage some lung cancer symptoms. It can also offer relief from certain side effects of conventional lung cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted drug therapy. Lung cancer patients who use medical marijuana under the supervision of their physician may find that it helps with:

  • Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Reduced appetite
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fatigue

Is Medical Marijuana a Treatment for Lung Cancer?

Laboratory and animal studies conducted by Harvard University found that THC — the main active ingredient of marijuana — may possibly inhibit tumor growth and limit the spread of lung cancer. However, there is no proof that cannabis works as a treatment for lung cancer in people.

More studies are needed to understand the effect of marijuana on cancer in humans. Currently, there is not enough evidence to recommend medical marijuana as a treatment for lung cancer.

Ways to Use Medical Marijuana for Lung Cancer

Smoking and vaping are very common methods of using medical marijuana. That said, they are typically not recommended for individuals living with lung cancer due to the potential risks and side effects. These processes release chemicals and may cause problems like inflammation.

Fortunately, there are many other ways to use medical cannabis, including:

  • Oils
  • Topicals
  • Tinctures
  • Edibles

For personalized recommendations, consult our state-licensed physicians. They will be able to offer suggestions based on factors such as your health issues, preferences, and lifestyle.

Schedule an MMJ Evaluation in St. Petersburg

To find out if you are eligible for a medical marijuana card because of your lung cancer diagnosis, please call 727-209-5470 to schedule an evaluation at Access Marijuana RX. Our physicians proudly serve patients from St. Petersburg, Tampa, and across Florida.

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