In a new study out of Israel, hundreds of cancer patients who were given cannabis as a palliative treatment reported substantial pain reduction and improved quality of life.
Researchers from Ben Gurion University and Soroka Medical Centre analyzed data collected between March 2015 and Feb. 2017 on more than 1,000 cancer patients being treated with cannabis medicine.
The data covered a total of 1,152 patients who first met with nurses, then had follow-up telephone interviews one month later and six months later to assess their pain level and quality of life.
Prior to the cannabis treatment, 50.2 percent of patients reported pain intensity of 8, 9 or 10 wherein 0 = no pain and 10 = “worst pain imaginable.” After six months of cannabis treatment, only five percent reported pain in this range. In terms of quality of life, only 19 percent of patients rated theirs as “good”, a figure that jumped