How is it possible to improve the quality of life in the shadow of cancer? What are the effects of cannabis? Are there any side effects? Lihi Bar-Lev Schleider, chief researcher at Tikun Olam, and Orin Penso, an oncology patient with an inspiring life story, give us a thorough introduction to the world of medical cannabis and our strains, which have revolutionized the lives of oncology patients and their families. For the full study.
Selected questions and answers:
I have been treated with medical cannabis for about 18 months and I have still not found the right strain in terms of my response. Most strains help only infrequently; how can I find a strain that will suit me in the long term? The process of finding the most suitable strain for treatment can take time and requires patience. You can arrange training (free of charge) with a nurse at our Training Clinic for individual help.
Is it possible to combine medical cannabis with antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication such as Prizma or Cipralex? For advice on combining conventional medicines with cannabis products, you should consult your doctor.
How to decide on concentration of CBD versus THC? THC and CBD concentrations are determined by the doctor in accordance with the therapeutic indication for which the license is issued.
Which strain is recommended for sleeping? In general, THC-rich strains help with sleep problems – for example, Tikun Olam’s Erez strain. However, cannabis treatment is individual and training is required.
What doses and frequency are recommended for oncology patients to treat pain, nausea, and vomiting? In most cases, THC-rich strains, such as Alaska, can relieve nausea and vomiting. As for dosage – treatment with medical cannabis is individual and doses vary from person to person.
What substances in cannabis are anti-inflammatory? CBD – cannabidiol.
How can I find out which strain is suitable for me? The process of finding a suitable strain takes time. You should always follow the rule of thumb – start slow and go low – start with the lowest dose and record improvements in pain, sleep, appetite, spasticity, etc.
Cannabis doesn’t help and I can’t get to sleep at night. What should I do? Add CBD to your daily dose, use the cannabis about an hour before going to bed and not just before.
Local use of oils – can they help with joint pain? And if so, what combination of oils? Based on testimony from our patients, local use of oils does bring improvement, usually a combination of oils from the Erez strain and the Avidekel strain.
If I want to take a break from using the product (such as, during an overseas holiday, after the coronavirus of course…) how do I stop? Can it be done all at once, or gradually? Before stopping use in order to travel abroad, the recommendation is to gradually decrease the dose (taper down). You can take the product to some countries; check with the consulate of that country. Have a good trip ????
What is the process of obtaining a license for medical cannabis? The process can be fairly complicated, depending on the medical condition. You will find information in our Guide.
When using cannabis with an evaporation device, what quantity is recommended? The evaporation device works through inhalation; the quantity varies from 0.1 to 0.3 grams (7-10 inhalations). Each inhalation has a specific aroma which gradually decreases. Once that has gone, there is no point in continuing. Also, since there is no burning sensation as with cigarettes, many patients tend to inhale more than is required, so the recommendation is to take only 2-3 inhalations and then wait 15 minutes.
Is it better to consume cannabis with a bong or in joints? The form of consumption has a big impact on the duration of the effect and type of benefit. The use of a bong is very intense but the effect passes after a short time, while a joint has a milder but longer-lasting effect. We think that the use of an evaporator is the correct way to inhale cannabis. For further information you can arrange training by calling *9277.
Does cannabis only improve quality of life or does it also cure? Our research so far shows that the main purpose is to improve the quality of life; if it also cures the condition, so much the better, but medical cannabis is known for improving the quality of life. While it is excellent for helping users deal with pain and other symptoms, so far it has not been clearly shown to be a cure.
About six weeks ago my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Following the first chemotherapy session, he is suffering badly from pain, nausea, lack of appetite and poor mood. A week ago he started taking cannabis oil, 2 drops twice a day, I thought this would give him energy, but he is very sleepy. What are the side effects? What is the proper way to use it? Treatment with cannabis oil can cause a number of side effects, so there is a need for guidance and advice on using the products. The treatment is individual, based on the therapeutic indication and the patient’s symptoms. You can arrange free training with a nurse at our Training Clinic with special emphasis on side effects and correct use, by calling *9277.