Exploring the Clinical Efficacy of Medicinal Cannabis in Cancer Patients

Exploring the Clinical Efficacy of Medicinal Cannabis in Cancer Patients

Despite the recent legalization of Cannabis in Canada, there remains much uncertainty and conspiracy regarding the drug’s clinical efficacy. This video will provide information on the efficacy and safety of Cannabis in clinical settings. It will focus on pain relief for patients with cancer, as well as examine the patient’s response to medicinal cannabis. The video will explain the basics of the endocannabinoid process so that viewers can understand the biochemical pathways and mechanisms that are frequently referred to in the video.

Video created by McMaster University Health and Life Sciences students Piraveenaa Baskaran and Zein Abdul-Rahman in collaboration with McMaster Demystifying medicine program.

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