Cannabinoids use in adolescents and young adults with cancer: a single-center survey

Tumori. 2020 Aug;106(4):281-285. doi: 10.1177/0300891620912022. Epub 2020 Mar 17.


Objective: To present an investigation into the intake of cannabinoids in a population of adolescents and young adults with cancer.

Methods: Sixty-six patients took part in the research: 27 reported having used cannabinoids, 21 before diagnosis; among the latter, 10 increased use during treatment.

Results: Benefits were reported by 19% of responders regarding anxiety control, 24% for nausea, 29% for pain control and improvement of sleep, and 48% for appetite improvement.

Conclusions: Cannabis use by patients may often be unknown to caregivers. Studying this subject may help to better define important therapeutic aspects of these substances.

Keywords: Cannabinoids; adolescents; cancer; therapeutic effects; young adults.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cannabinoids / administration & dosage*
  • Cannabinoids / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nausea / chemically induced
  • Nausea / drug therapy*
  • Nausea / epidemiology
  • Nausea / pathology
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult


  • Cannabinoids