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 THC and CBD Rick Simpson Oil, Tinctures, and THC/CBD edibles. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has any questions about the benefit of medical marijuana, feel free to give us a call. We have our patient education specialists here Monday through Saturday who are available for one on one consultations and are happy to answer your questions. For more information about the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program, visit our page “Becoming a Patient.”