Cannabis has long been known to provide a number of health benefits, and it is now used for treating a variety of ailments, including chronic pain, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. However, researchers are always searching for new applications for the medicinal plant, and a new study published in a January issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management claims that they’ve found a new one.
A Cancer Patient
According to the report, a Canadian man with oral cancer found that medical cannabis oil may have helped treat a sore on his cheek caused by cancer, according to a report of his case. The patient also experienced a reduction in pain relating to the hole in his right cheek, which was caused by the cancer.
The man originally developed a tumor in his mouth and sought treatment. Doctors removed the tumor and put the patient through a rigorous round of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. However, unfortunately, the cancer came back. Accordingly, the patient stopped treatments and sought medical assistance to help reduce his pain.
The man’s cheek was quite painful, which necessitated the use of opioid pain medications. However, as often occurs, the side effects of the pain medication were nearly as bad as the pain. Accordingly, the patient asked the doctor to prescribe him medical marijuana. The doctor obliged, and encouraged the man to vape cannabis for pain relief.
Unfortunately, the man’s cancer continued to worsen. Eventually, a complete hole formed in the side of his cheek. This made it impossible for the man to use his vaporizer anymore, and sent him looking for an alternative. His doctor prescribed a cannabis oil, which the many applied to the wound four times a day for a month.
The patient reported a significant reduction in pain starting about 15 minutes after he applied the oil, and that the pain would not reoccur for about 2 hours afterwards. In fact, the cannabis oil also appeared to stop the progression of the wound and actually cause it to heal slightly.
Unfortunately, the patient died a few weeks later, after being admitted to the hospital – his overall health had declined quite a bit by this point. However, the doctors treating him noticed that his wound had begun healing, which sparked their interest in the healing power of cannabis oil.
More Research Needed
Obviously, more research must be completed before scientists can conclusively demonstrate that the cannabis oil was responsible for healing the man’s wounds. Hopefully, as legalization efforts spread from coast to coast, doctors will have the chance to study marijuana and its health benefits more thoroughly.
The scientists in the report pointed out that cannabis oils have been used to treat wounds among cultures all over the world for hundreds of years, so these findings aren’t all that surprising. It is widely suspected that marijuana has anti-inflammatory effects, which may be the reason it worked to heal this man’s wounds.