Cannabis For Nausea
Cannabis relieves nausea from many conditions.
Cannabis and Nausea
One of the most well-known benefits of cannabis is its effectiveness in relieving nausea. This is especially true for those undergoing chemotherapy. For decades, oncologists have prescribed synthetic forms of cannabis to relieve nausea. But because of the extraordinary price for the prescription, the treatment is cost-prohibitive for many patients. As cannabis legalization spreads, more nausea sufferers have turned to cannabis as a much more affordable and reliable solution. Many people also appreciate that cannabis is a natural choice.
Typically, only a small dose of cannabis is needed to get relief. Most nausea sufferers require a few small puffs of smoke or a small amount of vaporized cannabis to do the trick.
What is Nausea?
We’ve all experienced the uncomfortable feeling of nausea. It’s that queasy sensation in your gut. It can stop you in your tracks. Nausea can be an unfortunate side effect of the flu, the result of food poisoning, low blood sugar, a migraine headache, or even a hangover from too much alcohol. Some people experience nausea from simply riding in a car, flying, or severe anxiety or fear.
It is an inconvenient at best, and traumatic at worst, but vomiting is your body’s normal physical response to rejecting something unwanted in your system. It protects us from being made more sick or poisoned by absorbing more of something that can pose a danger to us.
Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting
Nearly four million people a year receive chemotherapy treatment to combat some form of cancer. Research has found that cannabis is one of the most effective treatments for the horrible side effects of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV).
Medical Marijuana and Chemotherapy
The Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed the findings of 79 studies on cannabinoids for a variety of indications, including nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, and appetite stimulation for patients with HIV/AIDS. The study revealed that most who used cannabis reported improvements to their symptoms.
A growing number of oncologists now believe cannabis or medical marijuana treatment is helpful in managing chemotherapy’s effects, as well as some of cancer’s other side effects, such as bone pain, anxiety, and depression. 1, 2
“A day doesn’t go by where I don’t see a cancer patient who has nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain, depression, and insomnia,” according to Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of hematology-oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. Cannabis is the only anti-nausea medicine that increases appetite,“
“I could write six different prescriptions, all of which may interact with each other or the chemotherapy that the patient has been prescribed. Or I could just recommend trying one medicine,“ Abrams says about cannabis. 3
It’s Not Just for Cancer Patients
But it’s not just chemotherapy patients who derive benefit from cannabis as a treatment for nausea. In a 2005 survey, nearly 30% of cannabis consumers reported using it to treat nausea and found cannabis to provide “great relief.”
And a 2014 poll conducted by WebMD found that more than 75% of U.S. physicians believe cannabis provides real therapeutic benefits.
Physicians have been aware of this benefit of cannabis for a long time. The New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a study in 1975 on the effects of oral (ingested rather than smoked) cannabis on nausea and vomiting. According to the study, “No patient vomited while experiencing a subjective high. Oral THC has antiemetic properties and is significantly better than a placebo in reducing vomiting caused by chemotherapeutic agents.”
How Does Cannabis Help Nausea?
Before we begin getting into the science of how cannabis treats nausea, you should familiarize yourself with CBD and THC, the two main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
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What does scientific research say about cannabis as a treatment for nausea?
Along with the analgesic effects of its most discussed compounds, THC and CBD, cannabis has been proven in numerous studies to reduce nausea and vomiting. Continue reading
How does cannabis help prevent nausea?
Ingredients in cannabis act on specific pathways found in the body known as cannabinoid receptors. Research shows that cannabinoid receptors suppress nausea and vomiting when activated. Continue reading
Smoke, vape or eat: what method is best for nausea?
Smoking and vaping deliver immediate relief and allow more cannabinoids to be absorbed. Eating cannabis requires your body to digest the cannabis and relief can take up to two hours. Continue reading
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