Medical Marijuana For Patients With Cancer In Texas
Can Medical Marijuana be Used to Treat Cancer in Texas?
Most states where medical marijuana programs have been established recognize cancer as a qualifying condition for receiving a marijuana card, and Texas is no exception.
Under the state’s Compassionate Use Program (CUP), patients with terminal cancer may get a Texas Marijuana Card and use medical cannabis to treat their symptoms.
And it’s no wonder that Texas has approved cancer as a qualifying condition, given the multiple ways in which research indicates that medical marijuana can help cancer patients, and the high number of cancer cases diagnosed here each year.
The Centers for Disease Control report that the latest numbers show more than 120,000 new cancer diagnoses annually in the Lone Star State, making the inclusion of cancer as a qualifying condition under the CUP indeed an act of compassion.
How Can Cancer Patients Find Relief with Medical Marijuana?
As marijuana’s medicinal value has only recently been widely accepted, there is still only limited research into how it can bring relief to cancer patients.
However, there is abundant anecdotal evidence of medical marijuana’s ability to alleviate some cancer symptoms and some common side effects of cancer medications, and the available scientific evidence supports those anecdotal reports.
In particular, marijuana has been shown to be effective at alleviating pain, vomiting and nausea, depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, and insomnia. These well documented findings indicate that marijuana has the potential to offer patients significant relief, giving them a little less to worry about in their battles with cancer.
Furthermore, international researchers have not been as restricted in their work as American scientists are due to the Federal prohibition on marijuana, and their findings are indeed encouraging.
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Common Cancer-Related Symptoms That can be Treated With Medical Marijuana
One common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment is loss of appetite, which can be severe enough to cause patients to struggle to take in sufficient calories. This can lead to chronic fatigue, loss of mobility and muscle mass, Patients dealing with both cancer and appetite loss can struggle to consume enough calories, resulting in chronic fatigue and loss of mobility and muscle mass, making patients’ conditions even more intolerable.
Fortunately, some cannabinoids have been shown to be effective appetite stimulants for patients who are being treated with radiation.
Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and medical marijuana has shown the ability to significantly reduce both in cancer patients undergoing these treatments.
Pain associated with cancer can often be unbearable. Many patients resort to opiate-based medications, such as oxycodone, which can often lead to major side effects and addiction. In fact, the addictiveness of these medications is what led to the opioid crisis, which is so bad that the CDC classifies it as an epidemic.
In contrast, medical marijuana is a highly effective pain reliever with anti-inflammatory properties.
Neuropathy, or damage to nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord, is another common side effect of chemotherapy and some other cancer treatments.
Because symptoms can vary from patient to patient and depending on the specific nerves that are damaged, neuropathy can be difficult to treat. Common symptoms include numbness, burning sensations, tingling, and weakness.
Researchers aren’t yet sure how medical marijuana helps neuropathy sufferers, but many patients with neuropathy experience significant relief from using cannabis.
Get a Texas Marijuana Card Without Leaving Home
Once Texas finalizes the rules for its medical marijuana market, we’ll be offering telemedicine appointments for interested patients.
You’ll be able to get approved to receive a Texas Marijuana Card from the comfort of your own home by meeting virtually with one of our doctors by using a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
You can reserve your evaluation today, and we’ll set you up with an appointment with one of our qualified, compassionate doctors just as soon as we’re cleared to do so. Not only that, but you’ll receive $25 off the cost of your evaluation!
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At Texas Marijuana Card, our goal is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.