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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month!

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, approximately 80-90% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco products. There are many forms of cancer treatment available today including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. But, what about other methods such as medical cannabis?

While vaporization and smoking any product is out of the question for lung cancer patients, there are alternative forms that will be available in Pennsylvania to alleviate symptoms and management of pain, neuropathy, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite commonly associated with cancer. Forms include pills, oils, drops, topicals and sprays recommended for high-intensity support.

In laboratory and animal models, researchers have found that cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), are successful in killing lung cancer cells. THC has been found to reduce tumor growth in common lung cancer by 50% and to significantly reduce the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University. The researchers suggest that THC might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.  Although the researchers do not know specifically why THC inhibits tumor growth, they say the substance could be activating molecules that arrest the cell cycle. They speculate that THC may also interfere with angiogenesis and vascularization, which promotes cancer growth.

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If you are considering medical marijuana as a treatment option, it’s important to discuss with your physician the best form for you according to the availability of products in your state.