Connecticut Hospice Hopes to Set New Standard for End of Life Patients With Medical Marijuana

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The nation’s first hospice center plans to study how medical marijuana can help its dying patients.

Officials at the the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, established in 1974, said on Monday that they are hoping to improve pain management while reducing opioid use in palliative care.

They also want to decrease nausea and vomiting, while improving patients’ appetites and overall well-being.

The focus of this groundbreaking medical marijuana study will be to ease end of life patients’ pain and improve their quality of life, said Dr. Wen-Jen Hwu, professor of medical oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, in a news conference announcing the research.

“Connecticut Hospice has the vision of trying to better fulfill their mission in palliative care and symptom control to improve the quality of life [of those] with limited time but it’s still very important,” Hwu said. “Everybody deserves to die with dignity.”

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, attended the news conference, announcing the federally approved medical marijuana study, the first of its kind in New England.

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