Jane, a 50-year-old woman with metastatic ovarian cancer was presented to me in pain and with anorexia (a decrease in appetite). Jane had been started on Carboplatin/Paclitaxel, a common chemotherapy regimen for her cancer that often depresses appetite.
James, a 25-year-old man with active multiple myeloma was referred to our clinic for chronic back pain. At the time of his initial evaluation, he was still suffering from Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the bone that is frequently associated with severe bone pain and sometimes fractures. James had bone lesions throughout his spine, which led to multiple compression fractures, most severe in the upper back and neck area. At the time of his initial evaluation, his pain score ranged (on a scale from 1-10) between 4 on a good day, and 10 on a bad day.
My first and personal favorite, Eat More Fruit and Vegetables. For me, this is an easy rule to follow. I love nothing more than a sweet cup of deep red, juicy cherries for a late afternoon pick-me up; a nourishing bowl of red, yellow orange and green minestrone at the end of a cold winter’s day; or a rainbow colored salad of crisp greens, deep roasted vegetables, and crunchy nuts or seeds at lunch. I love the rainbow hues of fruits and vegetables, the way they brighten my plate and leave me feeling hydrated and energized.
Even after typical cancer treatments (ex: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy) have eradicated the disease and patients become cancer-free, pain can be a significant burden and can impact one’s quality of life.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia and the 6th most common cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive neurodegenerative disorder that results in loss of memory and reasoning ability, and eventually a decline in physical capability.
Cannabis-based products are approved for use to help treat numerous medical conditions, from chronic pain syndromes to terminal illness, to glaucoma. However, the process determining which conditions are approved for the prescription of medical cannabis varies from state to state.
Understanding the impact of cannabis on the cardiovascular system is crucial to ensuring safe usage, whether for recreational or medicinal purposes.
Understanding the side effects of a medication are crucial to safe prescription practices and use. In this respect, cannabis is no different than any other prescription medication. Fortunately, the potential side effects of cannabis are well-known and tend to be quite mild. I will briefly review the known side effects of cannabis and how to ensure safe usage.