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Cancer

February 10, 2020

What Is Cancer

The human body is made up of building blocks known as cells.  Usually, when the body needs new cells, they are created and then divided and given a specified task.  Cells tend to die and then be replaced by new, healthy cells to be used wherever the body deems most necessary.

Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to metastasize and spread to other parts of the body.  It can begin anywhere in the body and finds its origins when cells grow out of control and crowd out healthy cells.  Because of these abnormalities, a healthy body has difficulty working the way it was intended.  While cancer can begin in the blood, breast, colon, stomach and so on, it is inherently different in the way it spreads and grows.  Humans are affected by more than 100 different types of cancers.

Around 22% of all cancer is caused by the use of tobacco.  Alcohol, poor diet and obesity accounts for an additional 10%.  Other factors may also contribute to a patient developing cancer.  Some examples of this include, exposure to radiation or nuclear material, pollution and environmental conditions, as well as infections.  Infections that progress to cancer are most often found in the developing world.

Many cancers are preventable by developing healthy habits such as having a balanced diet, regular exercise, making sure to be inoculated against certain viral infections, refraining from using tobacco products, and avoiding too much direct sunlight.  While taking these steps are a great way to avoid cancer, they unfortunately do not guarantee its avoidance.  Upon diagnosis a patient may then qualify for an Ohio marijuana card.

Treatments for cancer vary.  The most frequently used form of treatment is radiation.  Radiation therapy utilizes ionizing radiation to control or kill malignant cells.  Radiation is often used along with targeted therapy, chemotherapy as well as surgery.  Unfortunately there are abundant symptoms that arrive with several of these treatments that make them terribly difficult to endure for patients suffering from cancer.

Medical marijuana has been found to help alleviate many of the side effects that accompany treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.  Nausea and vomiting especially have been found to be remedied by the use of medical marijuana.  Additionally, chronic pain as a result of damaged nerve pathways can also be mitigated by the use of medical marijuana.  Studies in many clinical trials have shown that people who took marijuana extracts tended to require fewer narcotic pain medications than those that consumed no marijuana.  Further studies have found THC as well as CBD may slow the growth and eventually lead to the death of cancerous cells.  Some animal trials have suggested that certain cannabinoids may slow the growth of and reduce the size of certain forms of cancer.

Some strains that have proven beneficial for cancer patients include: ACDC (Hybrid), Northern Lights (Indica), Granddaddy Purple (Indica), Chocolope (Sativa), as well as Charlotte’s Web (Sativa).

The following information is presented for educational purposes only. Summit Releaf distributes this information to provide an understanding of the potential benefits of medical marijuana for patients living with one of the approved Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program qualifying conditions for an Ohio marijuana card. Links to third party websites do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by Summit Releaf and none should be inferred.

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