Brain Tumor is an intracranial abnormality in the cell growth within the brain or the central spinal canal. It is caused by the uncontrolled division of cells, generally in the brain itself, but may also include abnormal cell growth in the lymphatic tissue, blood vessels, cranial nerves, brain envelopes, skull, pituitary gland, or pineal gland.
Brain tumors may be classified into two types: benign and malignant. Benign brain tumors do not contain cancer cells whereas malignant brain tumors contain cancer cells. The former type of brain tumor very seldom invades the surrounding tissues and may not affect other parts of the body, but some benign tumors may become malignant tumors.
The presence of brain tumors in a person may be characterized by symptoms like recurring headaches which are usually worse in the morning, nausea and vomiting, speech changes and disorder, visual and hearing problems, locomotor disorders like having problems balancing or walking, changes in mood, personality, or ability to concentrate, problems with memory, muscle jerking, twitching or seizures and convulsions, and numbness or tingling in some parts of the body like the arms or legs. Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean that there is the existence of a brain tumor. But it is strongly advised that a person experiencing these symptoms should seek or consult with a doctor for proper diagnosis.
The severity of the symptoms associated with brain tumors is so extreme that it can cause a person so much discomfort and pain. Treatments for brain tumors include pain relievers and other drugs to alleviate the symptoms. In extreme cases, chemotherapy and radiation are advised to be undertaken by patients with brain tumors. Some patients though have resorted to the use of medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of brain tumors.
Time and again, medical marijuana has been proven to be an effective pain reliever. Marijuana contains compounds with pain relieving properties which have been recorded over time to be helpful in alleviating pain associated with so many illnesses and diseases.
Marijuana also has anti-emetic properties. This particular property of medical marijuana is beneficial for brain tumor patients who experience nausea and vomiting.
Marijuana is endowed with relaxing properties. This beneficial property of marijuana helps in locomotor and movement problems. The same property is also advantageous to patients as it can aid in concentration and manage mood and personality changes.
Using medical marijuana also manages the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation like loss of appetite and loss of weight. With the appetite-stimulant property of medical marijuana, these losses are managed and an over-all feeling of well-being is regained.