Cannabis in Cancer Treatment -Webinar Recording
From prevention through treatment and remission, cannabis is a powerful tool in the fight against cancer–the government’s National Cancer Institute has even updated its information to reflect the plant’s anti-cancer properties!
Medical Cannabis in Cancer Treatment – Notes
1. Medical Cannabis in Cancer Treatment: Making the most of your medicine Medical Cannabis and Cancer Special Guest: Molly Stewart, Mission Services Director at Cancer Community Center Host: Becky DeKeuster, M.Ed, WCM Education Liaison Producer: Ben Gelassen, WCM Digital Marketing Specialist An introduction for patients, families, and caregivers.
2. Cancer Community Center FREE: • Buddy program • Support groups • Learning opportunities • Movement & meditation • Complementary therapies • Creative expression & social opportunities Calendar & more information at cancercommunitycenter.org
3. Cancer in Maine Cancer is the leading cause of death in Maine (34% of all deaths) Source: Maine Cancer Surveillance Report 2014. Department of Health and Human Services/Maine CDC Division of Population Health. PDF last accessed 10/23/16. Maine’s cancer incidence rates are higher than US average rates
4. Cancer in Maine In Maine, males had significantly higher incidence and death rates than females Source: Maine Cancer Surveillance Report 2014. Department of Health and Human Services/Maine CDC Division of Population Health. PDF last accessed 10/23/16. However, these rates were declining at a faster pace for males than for females
5. Cancer in Maine Source: Maine Cancer Surveillance Report 2014. Department of Health and Human Services/Maine CDC Division of Population Health. PDF last accessed 10/23/16.
6. Cancer in Maine Source: Maine Cancer Surveillance Report 2014. Department of Health and Human Services/Maine CDC Division of Population Health. PDF last accessed 10/23/16.
7. National Cancer Institute Source: National Cancer Institute. Cannabis and Cannabinoids. https://www.cancer.gov/about- cancer/treatment/cam/patient/cannabis-pdq#link/_13 Preclinical studies of cannabinoids indicate potential in these areas: Antitumor activity Stimulating appetite Pain relief Nausea & vomiting Anxiety & sleep Breast cancer cells in a lab specimen, before (L) & after (R) application of CBD. Source: Pacific Medical Center.
8. How Does Cannabis Help? Image source: David Guzman, “The Endocannabinoid System” The endocannabinoid system Receptors found on cells throughout the body Purpose appears to relate to homeostasis, wherever in the body the receptors are activated by either endo- or phyto- cannabinoids
9. Exogenous Cannabinoids Cannabis Indica Cannabis Sativa
10. What Symptoms Might Cannabis Help? Your ECS HOMEOSTASIS DepressionVisceral Pain Appetite Digestive MotilityTHC CBD CB-1 CB-2 Fever & Chills “Chemo brain” & fatigue CBN.
11. Promising Cannabinoid Research Source: www.pubmed.com and http://norml.org/library/item/gliomascancer?category_id=560 – breast carcinoma – prostate carcinoma – colorectal carcinoma – gastric adenocarcinoma – skin carcinoma – leukemia cells – neuroblastoma – lymphoma – lung carcinoma – uterus carcinoma – thyroid epithelioma – pancreatic adenocarcinoma – cervical carcinoma – oral cancer – biliary tract cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) Preclinical/non-human studies have shown cannabinoids to potentially treat:
12. But Remember…. Brain cells with Alzheimer’s being grown in a Petri dish (www.discovermagazine.com) Female cannabis flowers are covered with small crystals which contain dozens of active therapeutic compounds
13. Methods of Administration Inhalation Ingestion Topical 30 sec – 1 min. Smoking/Vaping Easy titration Wide variety: Tincture, foods, beverages 5 to 10 min20 to 120 min. Can be helpful for neuropathic pain, psoriasis Can be difficult to titrate No psychoactivity Flower & concentrated oils.
14. What About Cannabis Oil? Also called “Rick Simpson Oil,” “Full Extract Cannabis Oil” (FECO), or “Phoenix Tears.” Tincture Edible Typically made with alcohol, glycerine, hempseed oil 1 ounce flower yields ~1 fl oz tincture Dose: Measured in drops Oil Edible Typically made with alcohol, CO2, butane, or other solvents 1 ounce flower yields 2-4 grams oil Dose: Measured in grains of rice
15. Cannabis Side Effects Cannabis has no known LD50 No known negative drug interactions Euphoria Motor coordination problems Short term memory loss Red eyes Dry mouth Low blood pressure Heart palpitations Anxiety/panic/paranoia Hallucinations Remember, while unpleasant, too much cannabis alone is not fatal. Time, water, food, and a relaxing environment all help. Remember: Start low, Go slow!
16. What is the process? 1. Talk to your primary or specialist doctor Any MD, DO or NP can certify Some work for practices or groups that do not allow them to certify. Their patients must go to a cannabis specialist doctor. Be prepared to educate
17. What is the process? 2. Choose a provider • Grow at home • Designate a dispensary • Designate an individual to be a cannabis “caregiver” A quality provider should: • Offer many options (product & potency) • Be able to coach and explain products clearly • Lab test all products • Give receipts, track inventory, charge sales tax • Use no pesticides • Make you feel safe
19. Delivery Methods and Dosing: Making the most of your medicine. Thank you for your time and attention!
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