After watching my mother suffer from cancer over eight years ago, I’ve seen the degradation that cancer treatments can have on the body and psyche. Due in part to the support of friends, family, and a little green plant I saw her push through the hard times, and overcome cancer. How might you ask did marijuana help her cope with the symptoms? That’s a question with multiple answers. The first benefit that marijuana can have for cancer patients is an undeniable effect that even skeptics must admit is real, pain relief. CBD is the prime cannabinoid responsible for pain relief and its aptitude for fighting it is known, recorded, and undeniable. Along with it’s potential to inhibit metastasizing tumors, this gives CBD a 1-2 punch that makes it an indispensable tool in healing cancer patients. CBD has another trick up its sleeve. If you’ve ever experienced or know someone who has been through radiation, chemotherapy of both, then you know that nausea and suppressed appetite can be debilitating. CBD is known to have the ability to settle an upset stomach and diminish nausea regardless of its cause. This makes it a quintessential tool for cancer patients. As for the diminished appetite that cancer treatment can cause, ever heard of the munchies? If you’ve ever had a dalliance with cannabis yourself, then you’ll know that this is a very real effect. CBD is one of the prime cannabinoids responsible for inculcating the munchies that plague so many recreational users. This negative effect for recreational users is an amazing boon for cancer patients who may not have the motivation or ability to keep food down. Keeping a healthy diet is a crucial aspect in the bodies healing process, and if you’re not able to eat, it makes it harder to heal. The last on my list of what cannabis can do for cancer patients (this is far from an all-inclusive list) is its psychological effects. The very same traits that opponents point to as being marijuana’s most detrimental effect can also be one of its most beneficial. I will never forget the first time I saw my mother smoke after her cancer treatments, she was able to smile and laugh. You know the old aphorism, “laughter is the best medicine,” there is wisdom in these words.