In the United States and Canada, more than 1.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. These patients suffer from a lot of depression, anxiety, and fear. Aside from this, their quality of life is also negatively impacted. Once the treatment is started, these patients have to deal with the side effects of chemotherapy like fatigue and pain. We all know that there’s a lot of talk about cannabis curing cancer, but what’s the scientific viewpoint?
The Examiner interviewed an oncologist to find out if CBD in Cancer Treatment were positive, promising or purely a matter of hearsay.
Dr Donald Adams is a medical cannabis advocate with over thirty years as an oncologist behind him. He says he recommends cannabis to his patients – but not as a cure.
Symptoms relieved and side effects reduced
Dr Adams says he recommends cannabis to cancer patients because it helps to relieve the side-effects of cancer treatments as well as making the symptoms of cancer itself less severe, but he’s not convinced that it’s a cure.
He says many of his patients use cannabis, and if it was genuinely a panacea, he would expect to see a higher survival rate among those who use it.
But what about all the research people use to back up this idea?
We often see people referring to research which ‘proved’ that cannabis can cure cancer, but Dr. Adams says that although the results of some research are interesting, we have to remember that studies so far have dealt with cancer cells grown in test tubes or studies in animals.