30 March 2017
Here’s the introduction
Although cannabis is widely used throughout the world for medicinal purposes, it nonetheless remains the center of much controversy and argument. Yet, despite trepidation and uncertainty, studies have revealed an openness of the medical community to the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use. In a 2013 poll of 1446 physicians, 76% of respondents approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, citing their “responsibility as caregivers to alleviate suffering” as the reason for their support.1
The integration of cannabis in oncology and palliative care appears promising in terms of its therapeutic properties to assuage cancer-related pain and physical discomfort. The underpinnings of medical marijuana for symptom management warrant special attention as a patient’s quality of life is often impacted by neuropathy and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.