Cannabis may decrease symptoms in cancer patients

The use of marijuana in the medical field has been gaining momentum lately as it is the center of discussions and research.

Recently, another study sought to verify the efficacy of the plant in the treatment of diseases.

The study, published by the journal Frontiers in Oncology , looked specifically at the effects of cannabis on cancer patients .

Referred by Hospital Sírio Libanês in partnership with the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa de São Paulo, the study analyzed the condition of two patients with the disease.

In these patients, the researchers administered cannabidiol capsules (a chemical extracted from marijuana) in conjunction with conventional cancer treatment, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

In addition, another substance also removed from marijuana was used by scientists. They used flowers sprayed with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana.

What are the effects of substances on patients?

After treatment, the researchers followed the results through magnetic resonances, to identify what the reaction of cannabidiol against the symptoms presented by the patients would be.

The substance, which had already presented itself as an option in improving the picture of several health problems, such as schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis, also showed positive results in cancer patients.

According to the study, after one month with this treatment, both participants had an improvement in the symptoms presented, such as the presence of fatigue , vomiting, nausea and pain.

The first patient did not show symptoms anymore and the second also reported how the treatment works to alleviate the symptoms. Both still had part of the tumor and did not have a complete cure or remission of the disease.

In general, both had an improvement in symptoms and were able to perform physical activities.

The next step, according to the researchers, is to conduct a study with a larger number of patients, to observe the effectiveness of the substances on a large scale.

It is important to note that for all of these procedures, it was necessary to request authorization from the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), whose use of cannabidiol must be requested with the entity.