Cancer

Affected area:

Abnormal and uncontrollable cell division; may spread throughout the body via the blood and lymph system

Common symptoms:

Depending on the origin and progression of the disease, various cancers may cause patients to experience chronic pain, nausea, fatigue, anorexia/cachexia, weakness, dizziness, persistent soreness, or change in bowel/bladder habits; many cancer treatment regimens can worsen these symptoms

How marijuana helps:

Some experts believe that certain cannabinoids present in marijuana may have anticancer properties that retard cancer growth, inhibit angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels in tumors), and prevent the metastatic spreading of cancer cells. Cannabinoids may also curb nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy regimens, as well as stimulate appetite in patients with anorexia/cachexia due to advanced cancer. Marijuana ingestion may help patients to better adhere to their cancer therapy or medication, by eliminating their side effects.

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