Cancer Patients Less Likely to Use Marijuana, Study Shows

Despite its pain management and anti-nausea effects, cannabis continues to be shunned by a majority of patients with cancer according to a new study.

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center analyzed data from nearly 20,000 people between 2013 and 2018. At peak levels, just 9% reported using marijuana, compared to 14% for the general population. While cannabis use steadily increased among the general population, it remained mostly flat for those with cancer.

“Even when we looked at whether someone used cannabis over the four years of observation and we control for things like age and race, cancer patients are still not increasing their use over time like the general population,” said study lead author Bernard Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director for population science and interim co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center. “I would have expected them to have at least mirrored what was happening in the general population.”

Health consciousness among those with cancer could be one reason for the higher rates of abstinence.

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