What over-the-counter medications can help you manage the side effects of your chemotherapy?

According The cannigma41 states, including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, have approved medical marijuana programs, and 23 of those states allow the non-prescription sale of recreational and medical cannabis without a prescription.

The American Cancer Society says cannabis can help treat nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, and a 2011 study in The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology verified this, with 96% of subjects reporting a significant reduction in nausea five minutes after taking cannabis.

Cannabis can also reduce neuropathic pain, another common side effect of chemotherapy drugs. And recent studies show that THC and CBD can help slow the spread of cancer in animals and have actually killed certain types of cancer cells in laboratory studies (according to the American Cancer Society).

The Mayo Clinic says aromatherapy may help calm stomach upsets and improve mood after chemotherapy treatments. Health line suggests diffusing lavender, peppermint, or ginger essential oil to reduce nausea and vomiting. At the very least, it is a pleasant addition to other therapies.

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute recommends checking your B12 and vitamin D levels if you suffer from brain fog after chemo. And taking probiotics may help treat or prevent chemo-brain in breast cancer patients, according to results from a recent human trial described in medical landscape. Other supplements that may help with brain fog include omega-3s, magnesium, and L-theanine, found in green tea (via Health line).

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