Medicinal Cannabis for Cancer
Medical Cannabis for Cancer – Ask your Doctor if Cannabis is right for you
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There are many different forms of cancer, and each comes with its own unique symptoms and challenges. Sometimes cancer itself is not the main issue, but rather it is the treatment-related side effects that are unbearable, such as prolonged nausea or reduced appetite and body weight loss.
Adjunctive therapies such as medicinal cannabis are often used to minimise these side effects and promote the highest quality of life for patients.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are among the most commonly used treatments for many types of cancer. Both involve damaging cells throughout the body, including those that make up hair follicles, skin, and glands. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
There is some moderate to strong evidence supporting the benefits of cannabis oil for cancer side effects and to help manage chemotherapy symptoms. More specifically, cannabis may help with:
Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV)
Cancer-related appetite loss
Cancer-related chronic pain
What does medical cannabis treat?
Medical Cannabis can be been used to treat a number of different symptoms and conditions, including
Nausea and Vomiting
Inﬂammatory Bowel Disease
Anxiety and Depression
Chronic neuropathic pain that impacts daily activity or impairs mobility
Mood disorders such as anxiety, which are common in patients with chronic pain
Sleep disturbances and clinical insomnia, made worse by pain and anxiety.
Your doctor may prescribe medical cannabis to relieve symptoms associated with a variety of conditions that have not responded to conventional medicine.
To know if you are eligible for medical cannabis treatment contact us and we will book a consultation for you with our resident medical director, Dr Johann Baard, with a special interest in medical cannabis treatment to assess whether you qualify.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you access medical cannabis in South Africa?
Medical cannabis can only be prescribed by a doctor. If he/she decides medical cannabis therapy is appropriate, then your doctor will apply to SAHPRA for approval. Medical cannabis products are not registered medicines in South Africa and can only be accessed through a section 21 approval process, provided they are in medical use internationally.
Is using medical cannabis legal in South Africa?
Yes, medical cannabis is a legal treatment in South Africa.
Are medical cannabis products quality controlled?
The Regulatory Authority has established quality standards for medicine, including medical cannabis products, and all companies who import, manufacture and supply medical cannabis products in South Africa are required to comply.
Cannabis Clinics was established to assist South African patients seeking access to legal, local and imported pharma-grade medical cannabis through either online or in-person consultations. Medicinal Cannabis in Cape Town.
Are you over the age of 55 and concerned about the long-term side effects of some of the medications that you are taking? Speak to our doctors about medical cannabis as an effective plant-based alternative.
Older South Africans may be deterred by the stigma attached to cannabis. By consulting with one of our doctors you may find that you have the most to gain from this clinically evidenced natural-medicine. Dependent upon the condition for which you are seeking help it is likely that our doctors will be able to prescribe a cannabis medication format that has no psychoactive effect.