On average, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, breast cancer is very treatable if detected early. However, even under the best of circumstances, breast cancer patients experience unpleasant and sometimes debilitating symptoms during their treatment. These can include nausea stemming from chemotherapy, pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, and depression. While medical marijuana is not a treatment for breast cancer, it has proven successful in easing the side effects that come with the treatments and chemotherapy.

Cannabis use for medicinal purposes goes back at least 3,000 years. It was first introduced into Western medicine in 1839 by W.B. O’Shaughnessy, a surgeon who learned of its medicinal properties while working in India for the British East India Company. Its use was promoted for reported analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and anticonvulsant effects.

Today more than ever, patients are realizing the positive impacts medical cannabis can have on their symptoms. The benefits for people living with breast and other cancers include help with nausea, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep.

If you are wondering about using medical marijuana to treat breast cancer side effects, schedule a consultation and ask Dr. Mitchell if medical cannabis is right for you. Give us a call at (850) 791-6010.


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