04/11/2018 | Cannabis Studies
Spring 2018 Studies
Already in the first quarter of 2018, new studies have emerged that have showcased the powerful effects of medical cannabis. Research covered a variety of topics, from effects on elderly patients to certain types of cancer. Additionally, another study found that THC can enhance the pain-relieving effects of opioids, which means that patients can lessen the number of opioids when taken with medical cannabis. Essentially, more and more studies continue to reveal the medical benefits of cannabis.
The elderly population is a part of a growing group of medical cannabis patients, but until recently, we did not know exactly if this age group would be affected differently. In this study, over 900 patients over the age of 65 who used medical cannabis for six or more months were surveyed. Results showed that 93.7% of patients reported that their symptoms were improved after six months of use, and 15% stopped opioid pain medications completely. Most patients turned to medical cannabis for cancer pain, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, and other pain disorders.
Currently, in the State of Illinois, medical cannabis is only approved to treat cancer pain and nausea. However, there is more and more evidence that certain cannabinoids may have anti-cancer effects, at least for specific cancers. For example, both colorectal cancer and endometrial cancer were researched in different studies. For colorectal cancer, balancing both THC and CBD may protect against colon cancer by “activating the tumor-suppressing CB1 receptors and blocking the tumor-promoting GPR55 receptors.” With endometrial cancer, CBD could be used to activate TRPV1 receptors, which would help treat endometrial cancer. However, for both studies, there needs to be more research before it could ever be used in humans as a regular treatment.
Ultimately, we can always be grateful for additional cannabis studies. As more and more studies are done and more positive results are found, a greater amount of patients can find relief from natural methods.
Courtesy of: Leafly