Nearly 2 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone — for nearly 700,000 of those, the disease will prove fatal. In fact, statistics from the CDC reveal that one of every four deaths in the U.S. is the result of cancer.
Cancer occurs when cell growth becomes out of control, which causes tumors. Tumors can interfere with the functioning of the entire human body. If untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body and become extremely difficult to treat. The most common types of cancer include: breast, lung, bowel, and skin.
New research into the medical applications of cannabis and cannabinoids (CBD and THC, for example), have found some success in treating certain cancers. Cannabis been shown to work in coordination with the immune system, and, in some cancers, it has caused the cell death of some tumor cells. Evidence has been established for it as an antiemetic, to reduce nausea, which is exceptionally useful in patients undergoing cancer therapies as nausea and vomiting are common side effects. More research is needed before medical cannabis becomes a common treatment for cancer, but preliminary studies are promising.