Chronic nausea can be a debilitating symptom of a variety of conditions and treatments, including chemotherapy or radiation treatments and opioid pain management.
MEDICAL CANNABIS CAN RELIEVE NAUSEA CAUSED BY:
- Cancer and chemotherapy treatment
- AIDS treatment
- Opioid therapy
- Common nausea induced by standard medications for various ailments
The intensity and duration of nausea can cause enormous discomfort and additional suffering and lead to malnourishment, cachexia, and a resulting severe decline in a patient’s health. Some patients find nausea so intolerable that they are inclined to discontinue treatments, rather than endure the distress.
Medical cannabis can be effective at reducing nausea and has been shown to be an effective Antiemetic (antinausea) medication. In addition medical cannabis can increase appetite and help keep food down which helps patients avoid weight loss and muscle wasting. The reduced nausea will reduce vomiting and reduce stress allowing for improved sleep patterns.
For people suffering from nauseas from chemotherapy or radiation treatment, patients often find that just a small amount of inhaled marijuana can immediately quell nausea and increase appetite.
Although freedom from nausea and vomiting are two of the most noticed benefits of medical marijuana use, many have reported a lessening in depression, helping many patients live more comfortably.
“In patients already experiencing severe nausea or vomiting, pills are generally ineffective, because of the difficulty in swallowing or keeping a pill down and slow onset of the drug effect. Thus an inhalation (preferably not smoking) cannabinoid drug delivery system would be advantageous for treating chemotherapy-induced nausea.”
– Institutes of Medicine