In 10 seconds? Cannabis has become legally available for use in many parts of the world–including the US–and is touted for its medicinal properties for many diseases, including cancer. Here, we take a look at the research into these purported effects.

*Disclaimer: the content of this Digest should not be interpreted as encouragement to use cannabis, especially in jurisdictions where it is punishable by law. For certain individuals, consuming high-potency cannabis can significantly increase the risk of developing psychosis.

Just to make sure, what do you mean by cannabis? Cannabis (AKA marijuana) is a plant that contains chemical substances called cannabinoids, which produce a variety of physical and psychological effects. More than 100 cannabinoids have been found in the cannabis plant. However, the most well-known cannabinoids are THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which produces psychoactive euphoric effects, and CBD (cannabidiol), which is known for its relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties. While cannabis does not have any direct anti-cancer properties, it has been touted to help with cancer-related pain and cancer treatment side effects, like low appetite and nausea.

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