For cancer patients who must endure radiation and/or chemotherapy, alternative treatments with few side effects must be explored. Both of these first-line treatments have destructive side effects and can cause long-term damage. Still, their effectiveness in combatting cancer has been proven. If cannabinoids could supplement radiation or chemotherapy, reduce the number of sessions, or replace them all together, it is worth legalizing cannabis in order to fully explore the possibilities.
About 38.5 percent of Americans will develop some form of cancer within their lifetime, and over $100 billion is spent annually on cancer treatment. If politicians, medical professionals and patients can reconcile their perception of cannabis, it could lead to one of the largest breakthroughs in cancer research and save lives.