To present an investigation into the intake of cannabinoids in a population of adolescents and young adults with cancer.
Sixty-six patients took part in the research: 27 reported having used cannabinoids, 21 before diagnosis; among the latter, 10 increased use during treatment.
Benefits were reported by 19% of responders regarding anxiety control, 24% for nausea, 29% for pain control and improvement of sleep, and 48% for appetite improvement.
Cannabis use by patients may often be unknown to caregivers. Studying this subject may help to better define important therapeutic aspects of these substances.