Studies have looked at the possible benefits medical marijuana can have on cancer symptoms and treatment side effects. Nausea and vomiting . A few small studies have found that smoking marijuana can ease these side effects of chemotherapy. The FDA has also approved dronabinol (Marinol, Syndros) and nabilone (Cesamet), man-made cannabinoids, to treat these symptoms when other nausea medications don’t work.
Some studies have found that smoked marijuana can ease cancer-related pain. It binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and other parts of the body. Marijuana may also ease inflammation, which can also help with pain. Nerve pain . Neuropathy is weakness, numbness, or pain caused by nerve damage. It can happen as a result of chemotherapy or other cancer treatments. A few studies have found that smoking marijuana can help this specific type of nerve pain.