The term “cancer” refers to a variety of diseases typically characterized by malignant groupings of cells or tissues. These growths tend to enlarge and spread to nearby tissues, and cause the impairment of certain body function. They can also cause severe damage to affected organs. Cancer cells tend to resist most forms of treatment, and they can reoccur even several years after being treated. Different types of cancers have different symptoms, but most cause extreme fatigue, severe pain, unexplained loss of weight, high fever, abnormal bowel movements, and coughing.
Marijuana has traditionally been used to help ease some of the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. In some cancer patients, marijuana can restore appetite, reduce pain, and improve the patient’s general outlook.