Symptoms such as pain and nausea improved in cancer patients who took cannabis, according to new research that is part of Minnesota’s effort to address the information void about whether marijuana offers medical benefits.

Analyzing 1,120 cancer patients who received cannabis through the state medical marijuana program, researchers reported Monday that they found noteworthy improvements over four months in all eight symptom categories that they tracked.

Struggles with sleeping and difficulties with depression didn’t go away, but patients’ self-reported symptom scores dropped from the severe to the moderate range, said Dr. Dylan Zylla, a study author from the Oncology Research Center at HealthPartners/Park Nicollet.

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Jeremy Olson ~ StarTribune.com

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