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Cannabis use disorder (CUD) is a danger for the cancer patient. I say this because the top study linked and excerpted below cites chronic pain as a possible driver in CUD. And many cancer survivors live with chronic pain.
Before I explain this issue I want to first talk about chronic pain in cancer survivors. According to the American Cancer Society, more than a third of all cancer patients develop chronic pain. There were more than 18 million cancer survivors living in the United States in 2022. This means that more than 6 million of them live with chronic pain.
While I am not excusing Cannabis Use Disorder among cancer survivors I admit to being sympathetic with people who go through what I live with.
Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD) is a mental health condition characterized by problematic and compulsive use of cannabis (marijuana) despite experiencing negative consequences as a result. It is considered a form of substance use disorder and can lead to significant impairment in daily functioning and overall well-being.
Some common signs and symptoms of Cannabis Use Disorder may include:
It’s important to note that not everyone who uses cannabis will develop Cannabis Use Disorder. Factors like genetics, environment, and individual vulnerability can contribute to the development of this disorder. If you or someone you know is struggling with cannabis use and experiencing negative consequences, seeking professional help from a healthcare provider or addiction specialist is recommended. They can provide appropriate assessment, support, and treatment options.
Are you a cancer survivor living with chronic pain? Possibly cannabis use disorder? I am not a psychologist. Nor am I a pain doctor. But I do know about about evidence-based non-conventional therapies to manage pain.
Let me know- David.PeopleBeatingCancer.@gmail.com.
“TOPLINE: Enactment of medical and recreational cannabis laws in the US has been associated with an increase in the prevalence of cannabis use disorder (CUD), with particularly steep increases noted among older adults with chronic pain, a study of US veterans shows…
CUD is a problematic pattern of cannabis use that causes clinically significant impairment or distress. Diagnosis involves meeting several criteria in a 12-month span.
Because research has shown frequent and problematic use across age groups, legalization efforts should occur alongside funding for prevention and treatment, she said.
Early signs of CUD include becoming preoccupied with obtaining, using, and getting over the drug’s effects. A person with CUD may start to use alone instead of socially. They may avoid certain places where they cannot use it, or avoid others who will object to their usage. Memory impairments, as well as missed work or school time, can become more common…