Photo by Corbis Images
Cannabis seems to be making a significant difference for breast cancer patients to ease symptoms of their treatment and the disease itself, but according to a new study, only a few are informing their doctors about it.
“They are not using it to get high, but to manage the side effects of breast cancer or the treatments for breast cancer,” said Dr. Marisa Weiss, the study’s author, founder and chief medical officer of Breastcancer.org, and an oncologist at the Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
According to the study conducted by Weiss and her colleagues, they sent out a 47 question survey to 612 adults with breast cancer. 39% said they had mentioned cannabis to their doctors, while only 4% of the 306 patients who wanted more information on cannabis turned to their physicians for a more in-depth look.
Alternatively, most patients found information from sources like websites and dispensary employees. 18% went to a family or a friend, but most concluded that they were dissatisfied with the information they were given.
They also reported using different cannabis products to help subside symptoms; 70% used edibles, 65% used liquids/tinctures, and over 50% said they smoked or used vape pens.
“Few are telling their doctors about it,” said Weiss, “and many are getting information, as well as products, from family members,” said Weiss. Weiss did mention that one concern with cannabis use in cancer patients is that the liver is busy metabolizing cancer treatments along with cannabis, “We don’t want to overtax the liver,” she said.
Although this was a concern, Weiss also stated that there isn’t much information on how cannabis might affect and interact with treatments.
The moment we have been waiting for.
A rundown on New Mexico's latest news on legal cannabis.