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Medical Marijuana and Myeloid Leukemia

Many symptoms of acute myeloid leukemia are caused by the replacement of normal bone marrow with leukemic cells. This causes a great drop in red blood cells and normal white blood cells and can produce symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, easy bruising and bleeding and increased risk of infection. There are several different risk factors and chromosomal abnormalities that have been identified, but the specific cause of this condition is not too clear. If left untreated, this condition tends to progress very rapidly and can become typically fatal within weeks or months.

While leukemia treatment is largely successful, some patients cannot be treated with conventional methods of therapy. Nearly twenty-five percent of children fail treatment and that leaves them with a very poor-prognosis outcome. In a study conducted involving marijuana and its effects on an individual who suffers from myeloid leukemia, the results showed that THC kills the bad cells and potentially promotes longer-term survival rates.

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