What do you think about the Medical Use of Marijuana? It remains a topic of strong debate in the healthcare arena and within our local communities. There are a myriad of views and opinions, with many supported by research. Did you know the NSW Branch of the Cancer Council has a position statement on the medical use of Marijuana which you can read here>> The document also makes reference to other countries and is an interesting read.
In part the Cancer Council of NSW identifies the following:
” Cannabis may be of medical benefit to cancer patients where conventional treatments are unsuccessful, in the following circumstances:
- in relieving nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy;
- as an adjunctive analgesic in patients with moderate to severe pain; and/or
- as an appetite stimulant for cancer patients experiencing weight loss and muscle wasting.
Smoking is a particularly harmful route of cannabis (marijuana) administration, largely because carcinogenic substances are inhaled into the lungs.
Synthetic cannabis products, particularly Nabiximols delivered via an oral spray, offer advantages in providing symptom relief without unwanted psychological or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) related effects, as well as being a preferable route of administration for anti-emetic therapy.
Cancer Council NSW supports limited exemptions from criminal prosecution, such as those provided by the Cannabis Cautioning Scheme, for cancer patients who have been certified by an approved medical practitioner as having particular conditions, and who have been counselled by such a practitioner about the risks of smoking cannabis.
Cancer Council NSW supports the current clinical trial of the synthetic cannabis product Nabiximols via oral spray for relieving uncontrolled persistent pain in patients with advanced cancer, part of which is being conducted in Australia.”
The Nurses for Nurses Network is holding a fabulous Nursing Retreat in Byron Bay in June 2015, where Nurses will have the opportunity to attend an informative lecture on the Medicinal Uses of Marijuana amongst other subjects. This is a fantastic opportunity for personal growth and relaxation as well as obtaining continuing professional development hours for your AHPRA Evidence Portfolio. Find out more here>>