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Cancer occurs when cells become abnormal and keep dividing and forming more cells without control or order, forming a growth or tumor. Benign tumors are NOT cancer; malignant tumors are cancer. Cancer is actually a group of more than 100 different diseases.

Cancer symptoms may include pain, loss of sleep and loss of appetite. Depending on the form of cancer the effects vary in intensity and various other medical characteristics. The treatment for many cancer patients can be as difficult, if not worse, than the disease itself. However, many patients have benefited from the effects of cannabis with an increase in appetite and a calming of nausea, the side effects of traditionally prescribed medical treatment regimes.

Medical marijuana also benefits patients by allowing for a longer and deeper sleep cycle. The University of Iowa Clinical Research Center found that consumption of THC orally in doses of 5 to 10 mg was nearly as effective as 60 mg of codeine used for pain relief in cancer patients.