Cancer treatment is one of the main therapeutic applications of cannabinoids. Research has identified cannabinoids with excellent analgesic properties, cannabinoids that increase appetite and cannabinoids that reduce nausea. Therefore, cannabinoids are often used to alleviate the adverse effects of chemo therapy and other invasive cancer treatments. In addition, cannabinoids such as THC and CBD have been used to push cancer cells from ‘dividing-mode’ into ‘suicide-mode’ and to instruct the immune system to clear away the debris. Therefore, cannabinoids do not only have potential to treat the symptoms of many types of cancer, but also to treat cancer itself.  

For more information, please, select a specific type of cancer in the list of diseases in this website.

Alternative Names: 
malignant tumor
Prescription Advice: 

In general, THC and CBD appear to be effective in the treatment of pain, lack of appetite and general malaise that often accompany cancer or cancer therapy. In addition both THC and CBD show promise in preventing cancer cell division and promoting cancer cell apoptosis. However, for some cancer subtypes THC treatment actually proves counterproductive. Therefore, please also see cancer subtype-specific entries when choosing a treatment regime.

Given the nature of the disease, sublingual application may be beneficial.

Please follow generic prescription advice.

Please note that, while based on preclinical and/or clinical research, this prescription advice is solely intended as a guideline to help physicians determine the right prescription. We intend to continuously update our prescription advice based on patient and/or expert feedback. If you have information that this prescription advice is inaccurate, incomplete or outdated please contact us here.

Literature Discussion: 

For an excellent publicly available review on therapeutic cannabinoids in cancer please see:

Chakravarti, B., Ravi, J., and Ganju, R.K. (2014). cannabinoids as therapeutic agents in cancer: current status and future implications. Oncotarget 5, 5852–5872.  

Clinical Trials: 

Already, 80 clinical trials have shown the potential of cannabinoids in the treatment of cancer and many more are underway. The therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in specific sub-types of cancer are discussed below.

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