Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Of the different kinds—basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma—melanoma is the most serious, responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths in cannabis may help those who suffer from this cancer manage their symptoms.
Cannabis may offer pain relief
A study by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network found that medical cannabis can help reduce pain for cancer patients. Many skin cancer patients say it helped them manage the pain associated with tumor growth and treatment.
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Some patients say cannabis oil heals lesions
Many patients claim cannabis oil helped heal their skin cancer lesions. Rick Simpson, inventor of Rick Simpson Oil, says he applied highly concentrated cannabis oil to his skin cancer lesion, and that it fell off. He believes this oil could be a healing option for cancer patients, and offers step by step instructions for producing it.
Cannabis may kill melanoma cells
A 2015 study by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that mice infected with melanoma responded positively to cannabis treatment, and that the treatment led to melanoma cell death. This has yet to be tested on human subjects, but many skin cancer patients hope this will open the door to new treatment options.
Cannabis may improve quality of life for terminal patients
Cannabis Digest writer Owen Smith writes about how medical cannabis helped his sister enjoy the last few months of her life with Stage 4 melanoma.
“She smoked cannabis to relieve her symptoms, allowing eating at restaurants with the family to become a regular occurrence,” Smith wrote. “It was during this time that bonds were mended among our family, and precious moments were shared that brought us closer together.”