During this discussion Dr. Mary Clifton speaks about the the many ways that CBD and cannabis help to prevent the proliferation and growth of cancer. From the management of patients going through chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, or dealing with loss of appetite at the end of life related to their cancer, the use of a high THC product may do wonders to help them get through the process safely or slow the process significantly.


What you’ll Learn

  • Oncologist’s Opinions
  • Educating the Medical Community



You may feel comfortable starting medical cannabis to help with the treatment or the symptoms related to your cancer but how does your oncologist feel? Well, in a recent survey published in February 2019 in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, a survey was mailed to 400 medical oncologists, a nice, national representative sample, and 237 responded. Out of those respondents it was found that most oncologists felt that medical marijuana could be beneficial at the end of life, at least as beneficial as current standard treatments for the treatment of loss of appetite and weight loss, nausea and vomiting as well as some pain and anxiety.

The majority also reported that cannabis probably had less addiction and overdose potential especially when compared to opioids that are commonly used to treat many of these conditions at end of life. However, almost 50% of medical oncologists surveyed reported that cannabis would be rarely or never beneficial and almost 20% reported not knowing of any benefit for cannabis in patients with early-stage cancer. So we need to move forward with educating our oncologists in addition to our general practitioners on how to use these products and how to position them to help patients have the best quality of life across the entire cancer continuum.