Is medical cannabis effective enough to be considered as an alternative treatment to opioids?
During treatment therapies, most cancer patients suffer from anxiety, depression or insomnia, due to their condition and the resulting pain. Between disability and suffering, they sometimes even find themselves in conditions that are likely to make their case worse.
David Meiri, assistant professor at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, explains that cancer pain is usually treated with opioid analgesics, but that these are considered very dangerous by most oncologists. Alternative therapies become necessary.
This study was conducted with cancer patients who were looking for alternative ways to relieve their pain and symptoms. They were all asked to fill in anonymous questionnaires before starting treatment and were asked to repeat the procedure several times during the course of the experiment in order to measure their pain, their consumption of analgesics, side effects, etc.
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At the end of the experiment, the results obtained all testify to the ability of medical cannabis to reduce pain and cancer symptoms in general. In addition, it reduced the use of opioids and other traditional analgesics. Finally, almost half of the patients were even able to discontinue all analgesic medication after six months of treatment with medical cannabis.