This map shows U.S. states and territories where cannabis is legal for medical purposes. (Image courtesy of the National Cancer Institute.)
Cancer patients have reported finding relief from pain and stimulation of appetite from the use of marijuana, also known as cannabis. In fact, Patient Central Associates at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), who provide free, in-depth and personalized resources and information about pancreatic cancer, have received many questions about the use and effects of medical marijuana. For example, how is marijuana derived and how can it be used by cancer patients?
Marijuana is a plant that contains substances called cannabinoids. The cannabinoids found in marijuana plants may help treat the symptoms and side effects caused by cancer and cancer treatments. In addition to the naturally occurring cannabinoids found