Cancer is a complex disease that occurs when cells in the body mutate and begin to grow abnormally, sometimes uncontrollably. These abnormal cells often form a mass or tumour and can spread to other body parts. There are many types of cancer, each with its own characteristics and treatment options.

When issues are encountered during cell division, the growth of cancer cells becomes uncontrollable and tumours can be formed. Malignant tumours are cancerous and they can break apart to spread cancer throughout the body, whilst benign tumours are not deemed as cancerous because they do not spread. It is predicted that 50% of the population will develop some form of cancer within their lifetime. 


Can medical cannabis cure cancer?


No, medical cannabis is not a cure for cancer.

Right now, the jury is still out over whether cannabis-based treatments can help slow the progression of cancer. There have been some small-scale studies that have shown promising results, but more research and clinical trials are needed before any definitive conclusions can be made.


How can cannabis-based medical treatment options help cancer patients?


Medical cannabis has been shown to help manage some of the side-effects and symptoms associated with cancer treatment, such as nausea, vomiting, pain, and inflammation. It can also help improve appetite and sleep, which are often disrupted during cancer treatment.


Does the NHS offer medical cannabis prescriptions for cancer patients?


Yes, one of the few health issues that the NHS is currently willing to prescribe medical cannabis for is nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. However, the process of obtaining a prescription can be complicated and may require multiple consultations with specialists, and even then patients may be knocked back.

Private clinics like Releaf have the legal ability to offer a range of cannabis-based treatments for cancer patients who are suffering from the side effects of cancer treatments, or for those who are suffering from pain relating to their cancer.

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If you are interested in learning more about cannabis-based medicine options in the UK, Releaf is here to help.