Medical Cannabis and Cancer Symptom Relief

As medical marijuana becomes more and more widespread in use, there has been increased research on the effects it might offer for people with different ailments. There are a lot of theories as to the potential of Cannabis in aiding people in their cancer treatment plan but unfortunately, most of those theories are just that at the moment, theory. There is promising research to its potential and there are some things that we are certain of but either way, Cannabis should only be a part of your treatment plan.

What we know so far

One of the most common ways that medical Cannabis is used in cancer treatments is for nausea associated with chemotherapy. It helps to reduce the feelings of nausea while, in some cases, stimulates people’s appetites. It can often be difficult to keep anything down when one is dealing with the effects of treatment but Cannabis has been reported to counteract some of those feelings. 

It also can pain relief to people depending on the type of pain and the method of intake according to reports. The American Cancer Society reported that some studies have found that smoked Cannabis “can be helpful treatment of neuropathic pain.” The article continues by saying that patients who used Cannabis in conjunction with their treatment plans found that they needed less pain medicine. 

What we know so far is that Cannabis can help bring temporary relief to the patient but so far there is nothing concrete to say that Cannabis can help to effectively treat the disease.

Cannabis-based drugs

Several drugs are derived from Cannabis and can be a more controlled method of intake for people. These drugs are designed to help with different symptoms a patient may be feeling related to cancer and other maladies like Epilepsy.

Nabilone and Dronabinol – These drugs are designed to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea but is usually used after the patient has tried other methods of relief according to Medline Plus. Dronabinol has also been found to help with loss of appetite.

RSO and cancer symptom relief

RSO stands for Rick Simpson oil. Rick Samson, as you might have guessed, is the creator of the oil. He had been afflicted with dizzy spells after an accident at work and was going down the rabbit hole of medications when he decided he needed to try something different. After years of frustration, he stumbled upon medical Cannabis and wanted to try to work with it. He developed his Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) which is a potent cannabis concentrate. 


Simpson was allegedly able to apply the oil to some of the skin cancers on his arm and within a few days, the cancer was gone. I am not here to argue the legitimacy of Simpson and his oil but so far reports have not found the RSO to be a cancer treatment. At the moment, the oil has seen promising research for pain relief and nausea related to chemotherapy.

Medical Cannabis and cancer further research

There is a slowly growing level of research that is looking into Cannabis’s ability to “slow growth and reduce the spread of some forms of cancer” according to the American Cancer Society. The research is still new so it is too early to tell the legitimacy of these claims but there is potential.


Medical Cannabis has shown its ability to provide relief to some cancer symptoms but there is still research to be done to see where its potential may lie exactly. At the moment, Cannabis is not a cancer treatment and you should always report any concerning symptoms to your doctor however if you are dealing with symptoms of pain, lack of appetite, or nausea then medical Cannabis might be worth trying but be sure to consult your doctor first.