• How do you feel about legalizing marijuana? With the elections in full swing it's a hot topic.

    Asked by Leuky on Wednesday, August 1, 2018

    How do you feel about legalizing marijuana? With the elections in full swing it's a hot topic.

    Myself, I don't care if it's legalized, I mean there are worse things. And if it will help us, why not? More and more studies are showing it works. Here is another

    Study: CBD From Marijuana Plus Chemotherapy Tripled Cancer Survival Rates In Mice
    Mice with pancreatic cancer treated with a combination of cannabidiol (CBD) and chemotherapy survived nearly three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study that spotlights the potential for human treatment.

    CBD, the non-psychoactive (non-intoxicating) compound in marijuana, has already been shown to improve side effects of chemotherapy like nausea and vomiting. The latest results provide more justification for testing in humans, building on prior animal research that uncovered possible anti-cancer properties of the compound.

    "Cannabidiol is already approved for use in clinics [in the UK], which means we can quickly go on to test this in human clinical trials,” said lead researcher Marco Falasca from

    29 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @BarbarainBham, it seems like Marinol is prescribed across the US ... https://www.rxabbvie.com/pdf/marinol_PI.pdf I don't see anything to indicate that it is only available in states with legal medical marijuana.

      https://www.dea.gov/divisions/sea/in_focus/marinol-cessmet.pdf ... might be interesting??? I didn't read it.

      I just remembered that I watched a video and then wrote a blog about dealing with nausea. I'm off to try to find it. They had some solution to nausea. Nothing worked for mine either ... so I was real interested in what they had to say ... but now I've forgotten the details. I'll post the link or the information if I can find it.

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @BarbarainBham, I don't know if the blog will be of much use to you (https://lungcancer.net/living/nausea-vomiting/) but the drug they were talking about is called Olanzapine.

      Here's what I wrote, in part:

      It was over five years ago that I received chemotherapy. Since that time, new chemotherapies that are less toxic have been discovered. In addition, doctors have discovered a new use for a drug called Olanzapine, brand name Zyprexa. This drug is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but oncologists have found that it is also very effective at controlling nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients.

      The drug works by blocking multiple serotonin and dopamine receptors that can cause vomiting. Cancer patients receive a much lower dose of the drug than those with mental disorders. Oncologists are so excited about how the drug works to control nausea that it was written up in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2016.

      Navari, R., et al. Olanzapine for the Prevention of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting. 2016/07/13. New England Journal of Medicine. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1515725. Available at: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1515725.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Thank you for all the info, LWC! I've learned a lot.

      I realized I didn't answer your question about the Nexium and Zofran. Nexium is for the reflux the doctor suspects caused my problem because I've taken Gleevec since 2013 mostly without problems. Previously I had taken Nexium only as needed, usually about twice a week, so I first started taking Nexium more often without taking the Zofran. Although I didn't remember it every day, I'm starting with the Zofran this week. Yesterday it helped even after I started feeling nauseous, but it took about a hour. (Zofran is an anti-nausea med, so I need to learn about its side effects, too. It was put in my hospital IV, too.)

      over 1 year ago

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