About 25 percent of cancer patients use marijuana and they will choose it as their preferred medicine, a new study finds. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle has conducted a survey among 900 cancer patients in Washington between the age of 46 to 66 to find out how many of them use cannabis to relief pain.
Even though the research focuses on a small subset of the population, it reveals what we already know – that medical marijuana can provide a relief for cancer patients. Most of the participants in the study have used cannabis to treat a variety of symptoms, including physical difficulties and neuropsychiatric effects of their illness. The preferred way for consuming medical marijuana among the participants is by smoking or eating it, or both.
But the study also revels that it could be a challenge for patients to get more information from their doctors about the benefits of medical marijuana treatment.
“Cancer patients desire but are not receiving information from their cancer doctors about marijuana use during their treatment, so many of them are seeking information from alternate nonscientific sources,” said study author Dr. Steven Pergam.
The use of medical marijuana is legal in 29 states, while recreational use is legal in eight. Currently, the Washington state allows both.