A researcher has discovered that one-third of Canadian most cancers sufferers use marijuana, based on a examine launched earlier this month. A report on the analysis, “Hashish use amongst Canadian adults with most cancers (2007-2016): outcomes from a nationwide survey,” was printed on-line by the journal Skilled Critiques in Pharmacoeconomics & Consequence Analysis

To conduct the examine, Omar Abdel-Rahman, a researcher affiliated with the College of Alberta in Edmonton, accessed and analyzed information from the Canadian Group Well being Survey (CCHS). The CCHS is a cross-sectional survey that collects info from a lot of respondents on the well being standing, healthcare utilization, and well being determinants for the Canadian inhabitants each two years. 

Grownup CCHS individuals who responded sure to the query ‘Do you’ve gotten most cancers?’ and who had entry to finish details about cannabis have been included within the examine. A complete of 4667 individuals who at the moment have most cancers have been included within the analysis. The analysis revealed that greater than one-third of Canadian most cancers sufferers used hashish in 2016 and that the speed of hashish use elevated because the examine progressed. The examine additionally revealed that hashish use assorted in affiliation with a number of recognized demographic components.

“Inside this examine cohort of Canadian adults with present most cancers prognosis, hashish use just isn’t unusual,” Abdel-Rahman wrote within the examine’s conclusion. “A historical past of hashish use is related to youthful age, male intercourse, white race, non-married standing, and better earnings.”

The speed of hashish use throughout 2007 to 2008, the earliest information included within the examine, was 27.7%. That determine elevated as time progressed to 34.4% within the figures from 2015 to 2016, the newest information analyzed for the analysis.

The usage of hashish for medicinal causes has been authorized in Canada with a prescription from a doctor since 2001. The leisure use of marijuana and controlled hashish gross sales to adults have been legalized in 2018.

American Most cancers Sufferers Additionally Report Hashish Use

In a press launch concerning the Canadian examine, the Nationwide Group for the Reform of Marijuana Legal guidelines (NORML) famous that related analysis decided {that a} quarter of most cancers sufferers in Michigan reported utilizing medical marijuana. The researchers wrote that “the overwhelming majority of sufferers imagine MC [medical cannabis] use to have resulted in enchancment of the signs that have been assessed, particularly ache, poor urge for food, and nervousness.”

In that examine, a group of researchers related to the Beaumont Hospital Workplace of Hematology and Oncology surveyed 188 most cancers sufferers about their use of medical marijuana in 2018, after the medicinal use of hashish was legalized in Michigan in 2008 however earlier than authorized leisure marijuana gross sales started within the state in 2019. The researchers discovered that 25% of most cancers sufferers reported utilizing medical hashish.

“This survey provides to the rising physique of proof that MC is a protected and doubtlessly efficient adjunct to traditional drugs for the palliation of most cancers sufferers,” the examine’s authors wrote. “Given the rising prevalence of MC use amongst most cancers sufferers, it’s crucial that hematologist and oncologists turn into snug with discussing this subject with sufferers.”

The study, “Medical hashish in most cancers sufferers: A survey of a neighborhood hematology oncology inhabitants,” was printed within the American Journal of Scientific Oncology in September.