October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in honor of those who are fighting, who have survived, and those who have lost their battle with breast cancer.
With medical cannabis becoming more mainstream throughout the country, many patients are turning to Medical Cannabis for relief. Actress Olivia Newton John was recently in the news with the announcement that she has been diagnosed with cancer for a third time. This time she said she is using cannabis oil to help ease the pain.
Although research about the effect of cannabis on cancer cells is limited due to federal restrictions, a team of researchers in Spain in 2010 analyzed the effect of THC and CBD in Her2-positive tumors. HER2-positive breast cancer is a very aggressive form of breast cancer. They found that these cannabinoids may help treat cancer by inhibiting cell production and growth. According to the study, 91% of HER2-positive tumors actively express CB2 receptors. THC and CBD both interact with CB2 receptors, which could explain how they interact with breast cancer. Despite limited research, many patients are turning to medical cannabis to treat the negative side effects of cancer treatments.
According to an article on BreastCancer.org featuring Dr. Virginia F. Borges, “…adding in medical marijuana, it often allows me to cut back on the number of drugs I prescribe.” The most common symptoms of breast cancer that medical cannabis is reported to relieve include pain, nausea/vomiting, hot flashes, loss of appetite, anxiety, and insomnia. At Bask, we have a wide variety of options for breast cancer patients including Rick Simpson Oil, Tinctures, and THC/CBD edibles. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer and have any questions about the benefit of medical marijuana, feel free to give us a call. Our Patient Education Specialists are here every day for one-on-one consultations and all of our staff are happy to answer your questions. For more information about the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program, visit our page “Becoming a Patient.”
Please consume responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.
This product has not been analyzed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The impairment effects of edible marijuana may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. This product may be illegal outside of MA.