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Here is a small sampling of Palliative Care studies by title:
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Hospice care is focused on the quality of life of patients in their last stage of life, where death is expected and near (two physicians have certified that the patient has less than six months to live; one may recertify). Every patient needs an individualized certification and biopsychosocial assessment. The key idea here is to make their last months or days as comfortable as possible and deliberately withhold any complex medications and lifesaving procedures. However, many end-of-life patients are challenged by the limitations of available orthodox treatment options.
For instance, in some cases, patients have developed a tolerance that even the most potent analgesics (i.e., opioids) do not work effectively at non-fatal dosages. Or, they may still produce pain relief, but nausea, vomiting, constipation, and other adverse effects are so severe that patients opt out and choose pain over the adverse effects, leaving them between a rock and a hard place.
Palliative care similarly shares the goal of hospice in minimizing physical and mental-emotional symptoms and distress. However, the scope of palliative care also includes caring for patients with severe and chronic illnesses in attempts to treat the underlying cause and not just comfort care.
Several patient settings can use a palliative approach, including the family or patient’s home, assisted living facility, nursing home, convalescent or rest homes, hospitals, clinics, and hospice settings.
Patient populations that commonly benefit from palliative care include those with chronic degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, MS, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, cancer care, congestive heart failure, or emphysema.
In general, when using cannabinoid-based therapeutics that contain both THC and CBD consider the ratio between them and weigh the relevant information displayed in the individual THC and CBD Drug Interaction windows accordingly.
If you are interested in the interaction potential of specific pharmaceuticals with both primary cannabinoids and THC/CBD, consider visiting these free drug interaction checkers: Drugs.com or DrugBank Online.
Concerns about Cannabis and Cancer-related Immunotherapies:
Some recent clinical observational studies have suggested that the co-administration of cannabinoid-based therapeutics and immunotherapy or immune checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment of certain types of cancer has been associated with worse overall survival rates (T. Taha et al., 2019; A. Biedny et al., 2020; G. Bar-Sela et al., 2020).
However, other studies have suggested that the co-commitment use of immune checkpoint inhibitors and cannabis-induced no such deleterious effects. More specifically, one trial was conducted on animals resulting in data suggesting that cannabis did not negatively affect the properties of immune checkpoint inhibitors (B. Waissengrin et al., 2023). The same authors compared the previous study results with findings from a cohort of 201 patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer who received treatment with monotherapy pembrolizumab as a first-line treatment and adjunct cannabis to treat mainly pain and loss of appetite. Their time to tumor progression was 6.1 versus 5.6 months, and overall survival differed between 54.9 versus 23.6 months in cannabis-naïve patients and cannabis-using patients, respectively. However, while numerically different, the authors write that these differences were not statistically significant, leading them to suggest that “These data provide reassurance regarding the absence of a deleterious effect of cannabis in this clinical setting.”
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