Cancer medical cannabis treatment

There are over 200 different types of cancer, and so, unfortunately, there are a whole host of different symptoms. Some are more specific to the type of cancer, whilst others, like pain, anxiety, and fatigue, are commonly experienced. Recently, an increasing number of patients in the UK have turned to prescribed cannabis-based cancer treatments when traditional approaches have been failing, to help manage their cancer pain and other symptoms.

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Disclaimer: The availability of consultations for cancer depends on the availability of our specialist doctors. We encourage you to consult with our patient support team to determine if this treatment option is currently available.

1 in 5

Know medical cannabis can be prescribed for cancer pain, in certain circumstances.

Over ½

Of those undergoing anticancer treatments experience pain, say the British Medical Journal.

64%

Decrease in pain after consuming medical cannabis was reported in a survey of US medical cannabis patients.

90 seconds

In the UK, every 90 seconds, someone is diagnosed with cancer. This amounts to 391,000 new cases each year.

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October 2023

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Symptoms

Unexplained pain

Excessive tiredness

Fatigue

Unintentional weight loss

Unexplained or abnormal bleeding / Bruising

Heavy night sweats

Anxiety

Depression

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

Because there are so many different types of cancer, there are also a large number of different medications, and drug combinations, that can be prescribed to treat cancer. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are commonly used, but patients may also receive hormone therapy, targeted cancer drugs, immunotherapy drugs or painkillers to treat and manage their symptoms.

Codeine

Phosphate

Tramadol

Dihydrocodeine

Morphine

Oxycodone

Fentanyl

Buprenorphine

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A word from our specialist

"Neurological conditions are many and varied in how they can affect us. The more recognised conditions that are treatable with medical cannabis include epilepsy, where CBD mimics the action of the many anti-epileptic drugs; and multiple sclerosis, which the NHS can prescribe Sativex for. Medical Cannabis offers greater flexibility in the delivery of cannabinoid therapy for these conditions and hope in other areas of neurology, such as in the neurodegenerative conditions and the motor disorders."
Dr David Tang

Neurological Specialist

Can medical cannabis help cancer pain or other cancer symptoms?

Although research in this area is ongoing, medical cannabis has shown great potential in relieving pain, and it's thought this is because it is able to interact with the part of the brain responsible for pain perception and regulation. 

An analysis of the Canadian Quebec Cannabis Registry found that at 3, 6 and 9 month follow-up appointments patients with cancer pain reported experiencing significant decreases in their average pain intensity, the level of pain interference with daily life, and overall pain severity when using medical cannabis products.

At each follow up, it was also noted that the rate of other medications or opioids these patients were using in combination with medical cannabis consistently fell at each appointment. 

There are other areas in which medical cannabis may potentially offer relief to patients with cancer, like by relieving anxiety and addressing sleep concerns. Cannabis has also demonstrated its potential as an effective anti-sickness treatment, and in the UK the NHS can, but rarely do, prescribe a synthetic cannabis-based medicine called Nabilone to those suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. 

Private medical cannabis clinics like Releaf have more prescribing freedom in the UK, and can legally prescribe whole plant, dried medical cannabis flower, or prescribed cannabis oil to help manage a range of cancer-related symptoms. 

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