Bladder Cancer is not a sympathetic disease, and due to the pain and suffering it causes, it is listed on most state’s lists of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis.
In this informative guide, we are going to give some light on recent breakthrough studies and also provide you with the best strains that can combat symptoms related to bladder cancer.
What is Bladder Cancer?
It is not always clear what causes bladder cancer. Bladder cancer has been linked to smoking, a parasitic infection, radiation and chemical exposure. In a recent article by MedicineNet, it was found that Cigarette smoking is the most significant risk factor for bladder cancer, with smokers three to four times more likely to get the disease than nonsmokers.
According to mayoclinic, there are three types of bladder cancer:
- Transitional cell carcinoma. Transitional cell carcinoma occurs in the cells that line the inside of your bladder. Transitional cells expand when your bladder is full and contract when your bladder is empty. These same cells line the inside of your ureters and your urethra, and tumors can form in those places as well. Transitional cell carcinoma is the most common type of bladder cancer in the United States.
- Squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cells appear in your bladder in response to infection and irritation. Over time they can become cancerous. Squamous cell bladder cancer is rare in the United States. It’s more common in parts of the world where a certain parasitic infection (schistosomiasis) is a prevalent cause of bladder infections.
- Adenocarcinoma. Adenocarcinoma begins in cells that make up mucus-secreting glands in the bladder. Adenocarcinoma of the bladder is rare in the United States.
In most cases, bladder cancer is diagnosed after a person tells his or her doctor about blood in the urine, also known as Hematuria, but you may experience any of these symptoms:
- Blood or blood clots in the urine
- Burning sensation or pain during urination
- Constant need for urination
- Urge to urinate throughout the night
- Lower back pain on one side of the body
Marijuana and Bladder Cancer Breakthroughs
In a recent study, it was found that cannabis use can decrease the likelihood of developing bladder cancer. The California Men’s Health Study gathered data from 84,170 men, ranging from 45-69 years old and of various ethnicities.
Over an 11-year period, the participant’s health records were studies, so that associations between health status and lifestyle choices could be assessed. The major finding of the study found that 41 percent of participants reported marijuana use and that cannabis use was associated with a 45% decreased risk of developing bladder cancer. This decreased risk was significant in men aged 45-54.
Furthermore, the study noted that 57 percent reported they smoked tobacco and 29 percent of participants reported they didn’t smoke at all (whether it was cannabis or tobacco). Researchers found that men who smoked cannabis had a decreased likelihood of developing bladder cancer over than those who didn’t smoke at all.
Apart from helping bladder cancer, research has shown that marijuana has an outstanding impact on the bladder as a whole. In a recent study, research has shown that cannabis may help overactive bladder. The study proved that Cannabigerol, or CBD, may help relieve symptoms of overactive bladder and similar disorders.
Traditional Bladder Cancer Treatments
Bladder Cancer is a difficult disease to treat. There is no one-fix solution. The outlook for people with stage 0a (non-invasive papillary) bladder cancer is excellent. This early stage of bladder cancer is frequently treated with transurethral resection (TURBT). Stage 1,2 and 3 bladder Cancer is more complicated and depends on the type of cancer. For example, high grade, if many tumors are present, or if the tumor is very large when it is first found, radical cystectomy may be recommended. Stage 2 cancer, where these cancers have invaded the muscle layer of the bladder wall is typically combated with TURBT or radical cystectomy.
Marijuana strains and Cancer
While research is still at premature stages, over the last couple of years there has been some small breakthroughs and it is now safe to say that cannabis is thought to be an effective treatment for specific types of cancer and symptoms. It is important to understand that even though cannabis may not completely cure cancer patients, each strain has its own unique effect profile and may assist with specific symptoms.
For the Pain
There are several strains that are thought to be effective in treating the pain. Some of them include
- Blackberry Kush
- OG Kush
There are several strains that are thought to be effective in treating Nausea. Some of them include:
There are several strains that are thought to be effective in treating appetite loss. They include:
- Bubba Kush
- Granddaddy Purple
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