Cannabis Versus Medical Marijuana vs. Chemo - The Stone

Cannabis Versus: Medical Marijuana vs. Chemo


Many individuals choose to consume cannabis to treat medical conditions. Those who do this are known as medical marijuana patients or MMJ users. It is logical that all of the current talks about medical cannabis have everyone wondering if it’s better than their current medication. This includes chemo treatments for certain cancers. Chemo is a widely used medical treatment so it would only be beneficial to see how cannabis stacks up against this risky practice.

Marijuana Versus Chemo: The Medical Treatment

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Cannabis in the Medical Field from Doctors Perspective – The Stone

The purpose of chemo is to attempt to kill off cancer cells in a person’s body. This is done by poisoning them with chemicals and radiation so they don’t reproduce. In most cases, it is a last resort treatment option due to the high mortality rate, according to Cancer.gov.

The side effects of chemo can include, but are not limited to:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Mouth sores

These symptoms don’t even scratch the surface of what patients could potentially go through when taking chemo drugs. There have been cases of patients developing heart disease, neuropathy, and even leukemia from this treatment.

Cannabis Versus Chemo: The Medical Cannabis Treatment

The purpose of medical marijuana is to alleviate the symptoms of a condition. This improves the patient’s overall health and well-being. This can help boost their immune system, relieve pain and reduce inflammation without the harsh side effects of chemo.

Cannabis has been widely studied by scientists worldwide. Conclusive evidence finds that certain strains of cannabis can help patients deal with chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and nausea. It can even reverse cancerous tumors. There are a few negative side effects associated with its use.

Differences Between Medical Marijuana & Chemo

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Chemo is a last resort treatment option in cancer patients due to the high mortality rate. But medical marijuana isn’t fatal and it has positive effects on its users.

Chemo can lead to heart disease, neuropathy, and even leukemia, while cannabis does not pose such threats.

Patients undergoing chemo will experience side effects such as fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. Cannabis primarily relieves pain and reduces inflammation.

Both medical marijuana and chemo can treat cancerous tumors. However, cannabis does not carry the negative side effects of chemo, such as heart disease or neuropathy. Furthermore, cannabis is a much safer option than chemo.

Marijuana Versus Chemo: What Would You Choose?

Considering the risks, cannabis would appear to be a much more favorable choice for cancer patients. Chemo side effects could lead to organ failure or worsening health. Cannabis has positive effects on its users with no negative side effects. With this in mind, there is little wonder why individuals would choose cannabis over chemo.

The next question remains:

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Cannabis Class: Are Terpenes Important for Medical Marijuana Patients? – The Stone

“Do you take medical marijuana even if it is not legal in your state”?

That choice is yours to make. It’s important to consider that medical marijuana has positive effects while chemotherapy can have negative side effects. Therefore, considering each treatment option entails, medical cannabis would appear to be a much better choice.

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is to inform readers of an alternative treatment option for medical conditions. The FDA has not sanctioned and should not replace conventional medical treatment. This article is meant to show the benefits of cannabis in medicine, not be construed as a cure-all article.



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As many of you may have heard, lobbyists in North Carolina have been pushing for Medical Marijuana to be legalized as a form of treatment for those suffering from debilitating diseases. This comes as surprising news because this is not the first time that I’ve heard about marijuana being used as a medical treatment. It’s been around since before I was even born.

The question that I would like to pose is this: What are the benefits of Medical Marijuana compared to Chemo? I realize that they are both supposed to be used for cancer treatments, but I understand that one is ingested and the other is injected (I may be wrong on this). That seems like a pretty big difference to me, but I’m just a high schooler.

I will attempt to look into the effects of both Medical Marijuana and Chemo as treatments for cancer and present them unbiasedly. These articles will be linked at the bottom of this post as they come out.

The benefits of Chemo as a treatment are that it saves lives and is generally safe for the body. However, the side effects of Chemo can be powerful and unpleasant. Some of these include hair loss, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.

Medical Marijuana seems to have a lot fewer adverse side effects than Chemo, which makes it seem like it would be a preferable choice as treatment. The only negative side effects of Medical Marijuana are most commonly (in my experience) dry mouth and red eyes. I know many people who have taken Chemo to describe it as “the worst possible way to spend your life.”

Although Medical Marijuana may seem like the better choice, there is still a lot more research to be done before being sure. Even if Medical Marijuana may have more minor side effects, Chemo is a lot more tested and proven to treat cancer. In addition to this, it’s been shown that those who use Medical Marijuana as a treatment are likely to increase the chances of becoming addicted to drugs after being administered their first dosage of it.

In conclusion, although many people are pushing for Medical Marijuana to be legalized as a treatment for cancer, I believe that Chemo is the safer choice. Not only does it have fewer adverse side effects, but it has also been shown to be more effective than Medical Marijuana in most cases of cancer. To get a better picture of this topic, I will continue to research the side effects and pros and cons of both Chemo and Medical Marijuana until I understand them better.

I hope you found this article informative, and I hope it helps you make your decision about Medical Marijuana. Please share these articles with other people because I’m sure many of them are curious about the topic. If you’re not, tell me why in the comment section below! If I get enough feedback, I will try to keep going with these articles, and maybe they’ll become a series. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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