CBD For Cancer Pain and Anxiety

This is a scientific guide.

Based on the latest medical studies.

  • know exactly how CBD affects specific types of cancer care and palliative care
  • discover the optimal CBD dosage tested and adverse effects
  • find out how this nonintoxicating compound may benefit pain and anxiety from cancer

Let’s get started.


2020 CBD Research

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New Research Published January 27, 2020

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Study Results: 24% of palliative care patients at a clinic in Florida report using CBD cream for pain with minimal side effects. (1)

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Summary:  This peer-reviewed medical study focusses on the use of the THC and CBD at a palliative care clinic in the state of Florida following the legalization of medical cannabis.

Goal: The goal of this study was to characterize how medical cannabis and CBD were being used by palliative care patients, its benefits, adverse effects and the beliefs that patients have about using medical cannabis and CBD products. (2)

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Procedure: A cross-sectional survey was performed over the course of 3 months at the palliative care facility. (3)

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  • 24% (14/58) of palliative care patients at this facility used THC (half used THC daily).  Benefits: improvements in pain, appetite, and nausea. 
  • 71% of the palliative care patients using THC began using medical cannabis after their diagnosis.  Vaping was the most common form of consumption.
  • 24% (14/58) used CBD products as part of their palliative care for their chronic disease.  Patients reported CBD benefits for pain.  CBD cream for pain was the most frequently used type of CBD product.  None of the patients used CBD products prior to their diagnosis. (4)

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Adverse effects: minimal to none (5)

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Download The CBD Research

Check out this Mayo Clinic talk about the use of CBD and cannabis in palliative care.

Study Authors:

Highet BH

Halifax Health Hospice, Port Orange, Florida

Lesser ER

Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL


Johnson PW

Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL


Kaur JS

Department of Hematology and Oncology, Mayo Clinic, FL


Keywords: CBD; CBD oil; THC; palliative; palliative care


Highet BH, Lesser ER, Johnson PW, Kaur JS. Tetrahydrocannabinol and Cannabidiol Use in an Outpatient Palliative Medicine Population [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jan 27]. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2020;1049909119900378. doi:10.1177/1049909119900378


2019 CBD Research

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Publish Date: December 3, 2019

Summary:  This new CBD study is just getting underway now.

Goal: It aims to study the effects of cannabidiol in palliative care for patients with advanced cancer. (1)

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  • Patients with advanced cancer struggle with severe pain but also emotional stress and anxiety due to their condition.
  • This research aims to study the effects of taking CBD for the entire “symptom burden” experienced by patients with advanced cancer who are receiving palliative care. (2)

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Procedure: This is a “multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled, two-arm, parallel trial of escalating doses of oral CBD.”  (3)

CBD Dose: CBD dose will be slowly increased over 2 weeks until the desired symptom relief is achieved and then the CBD dose will be maintained for another 2 weeks after. (4)

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Download The CBD Research

Check out this UCLA talk about the use of cannabinoids in pain management.

Study Authors:

Phillip Good


Mater Health Services, Mater Research Institute-University of Queensland


Alison Haywood

School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University

Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


Gauri Gogna

Greenslopes Private Hospital, Gold Coast Health Service


Jennifer Martin

The Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE)

Discipline of Clinical Pharmacology, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle


Patsy Yates

School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology

Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education, Queensland Health


Ristan Greer

Torus Research, Mater Research Institute-University of Queensland


Janet Hardy

Mater Health Services, Mater Research Institute-University of Queensland


Keywords: Cannabis, Cannabidiol, Cancer, Symptom control, RCT, Palliative care


Good P, Haywood A, Gogna G, et al. Oral medicinal cannabinoids to relieve symptom burden in the palliative care of patients with advanced cancer: a double-blind, placebo controlled, randomised clinical trial of efficacy and safety of cannabidiol (CBD). BMC Palliat Care. 2019;18(1):110. Published 2019 Dec 6. doi:10.1186/s12904-019-0494-6

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