Singer/actress Olivia Newton-John, who is dealing with cancer for the third time, recently revealed that she uses cannabis as part of her healing protocol. The Grease star reported that home-grown cannabis (taken daily as liquid drops) is helping her with pain management and sleep. Newton-John is not alone. Indeed, in states where legal, nearly 25% of cancer patients describe cannabis use to ease symptoms.
For example, a recent study reports that patients in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program experienced 30% or greater improvement in symptoms.
Cancer patients reported several symptoms- anxiety, lack of appetite, depression, disturbed sleep, fatigue, nausea, pain, and vomiting- at their worst during the 24 hours before each medical cannabis purchase. Within the first four months in the program, patients achieved a significant reduction of all symptoms.
Medical cannabis was generally well tolerated, with adverse effects reported in only 10% of patients, and many patients attained meaningful and lasting levels of symptom improvement.