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Exploring the use and efficacy of medicinal cannabis as a safe treatment option for people who are undergoing palliative care
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Exploring the use and efficacy of medicinal cannabis as a safe treatment option for people who are undergoing palliative care

The debilitating effects of cancer and its treatments could be markedly improved with the use of medicinal cannabis, according to the findings of this Israeli study.

Researchers studied almost 3,000 people who were prescribed cannabis for their cancer-related symptoms and concluded it presents a safe and efficacious palliative treatment option.

The study examined people with a heterogeneous group of cancer diagnoses and various co-morbidities – who were treated between 2015 and 2017 – and prescribed one of 16 strains of medical cannabis. This could be administered one of two ways or both – oil and inflorescence (which includes capsules and cigarettes).

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The average age of the patient was 59.5 years. Of the cohort, 45% were

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