Breast cancer statistics remain high with both invasive and noninvasive diagnosis. 1.7 million women in the world are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. While we hear fewer statistics about men, they still can and do develop breast cancer, but at a much more infrequent rate.
With so much in the news at this time of year about breast cancer awareness, fundraisers, and considerable amounts of pink clothing everywhere we look, we sometimes forget what it’s like to not just be a survivor but to suffer through the treatments.
Whether the cancer treatment entails surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, reconstructive surgery, or alternative therapies, the bottom line is that these individuals are sick! They are not feeling well and many times find it entirely overwhelming for function at all.
Chemotherapy is a poisoning the cells, radiation is burning them, and surgeries can be invasive and complex, to say the least. There are a plethora of prescription medications that are supposed to help you feel better faster and at a more comfortable rate, but the truth is many of them have extreme side-effects of there own, making it more difficult to live a normal life and to focus on self-healing, which is critical to breast cancer patients recovery.
Some of the most common side effects of cancer treatment are pain, nausea and vomiting, brain fog, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, hormonal disruptions, weight gain, hot flashes, anxiety and trouble sleeping. The good news is that there is an alternative therapy that many mainstream physicians agree helps their cancer patients recover more comfortably due to its ability to alleviate the aforementioned symptoms.
Medical Marijuana decreases the side effects of cancer treatment and medications and is becoming more widely accepted due to the large number of studies showing remarkable outcomes for patients. The varying levels of THC and CBD can be modified depending on your specific needs.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is excellent for controlling pain and fatigue. The THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which causes marijuana’s high feeling is also excellent at controlling pain but also lessens nausea, vomiting, and anxiety. CBD is also is known to bind to receptors and is thought to regenerate cells and brain function, while THC helps to relax and alleviate the physical symptoms.
How Does it Work?
Our brain and nerve cells have cannabinoid receptors, so our bodies naturally react to cannabis (medical marijuana). The structure of cannabis interacts directly with our cells. Our natural endocannabinoid system works synergistically with medical marijuana, creating a multitude of beneficial reactions in the body. The endocannabinoid cells have tiny receptors that take in chemicals and produce responses. This natural system in our bodies regulates things like mood, sleeping, immunity, pleasure, memory and much more.
Marijuana is also comprised of Terpenes, which are the green, healthy healing properties. There is an entourage effect of these chemicals when taken together. The ratios of THC and CBD can be manipulated for the patient’s benefit. These practices, experience, and education is what separates Dr. Sonn apart from others.
Dr. Gregory Sonn
You must visit a Physician that is licensed to recommend medical marijuana. To legally purchase and consume medical marijuana in Florida, the person must have one of the specific qualifying medical conditions regulated by the government or have a medical condition that is deemed as appropriate. Dr. Sonn is exceptionally adept and knowledgeable in this practice, drawing from his vast experience as a Palliative Care physician and Family Practitioner. At Iona Cannabis Clinic there is no charge for your initial visit if you don’t qualify. For the other 95% of our patient population, the physician issues a certification and enters the patient into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry or MMUR. Only people who are registered in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry database can purchase and consume medical marijuana in Florida.
If you or someone you know could benefit from medical marijuana, or would like to find out more about Dr. Sonn and his practice, please visit IonaCannabisClinic.com or call (239) 689-6819.
IONA Cannabis Clinic
Gregory R. Sonn D.O.
15620 McGregor Blvd, Suite 100
Fort Myers FL 33908