By Lucas De Vries

November 26, 2019
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Cancer patients have multiple symptoms throughout their illness, and some of them report that they benefit from cannabis use. The Canadian specialized center however,is concerned that many patients may not have access to products that are not appropriate for their situation and maybe at risk.

A study was conducted by the Centre for Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care in Vancouver, Canada. You can find it by clicking on this link.

In this study, we aimed to capture the prevalence of cannabis use among cancer patients in British Columbia before the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada and to determine the reasons why patients use cannabis, the various routes they use and the reasons why previous users stopped.

The study under review

In fact,Patients were eligible if, on the day of the selected study (August 15, 2018), they had an appointment at 1/6 cancer centers in British Columbia.

So,eligible patients received a survey by mail. Of the surveys sent to 2998 patients, 821 (27.4%) were returned and included in the analysis.

Also,of these respondents, 23 % are currently using cannabis products, almost exclusively for medical purposes, and 28 % have already used them (most often for recreational purposes).

Moreover,among patients who currently use cannabis, 31% had a medical authorization.

Generally,the most common symptoms that current users target are pain, insomnia, nausea, and anxiety; many also hoped for anticancer effects.

More than half of the respondents had used cannabis at some point in their lives. and almost a quarter of them were currently using cannabis to better manage their symptoms and/or treat their cancer.

In addition,many more patients would consider using it with the appropriate advice from a health professional.

Further research is needed to inform physicians and patients about safe uses and doses and about the potentially harmful effects of cannabis use.

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