Evidence from observational studies and clinical studies suggests that marijuana (limited evidence) and prescription cannabinoids (e.g. dronabinol, nabilone, or nabiximols) may be useful in alleviating one or several co-occurring symptoms often experienced by patients in the palliative care setting. What are some of these palliative care setting symptoms?
These symptoms may include, but are not limited to, intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, anorexia/cachexia, severe intractable pain, severe depressed mood and anxiety, and insomnia. Also, a limited number of observational studies suggest that the use of cannabinoids in the palliative care setting may be associated with a decrease in the number of some medications used by palliative care patients.