Nausea

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Nausea and Medical Cannabis

There are several causes of nausea, including food poisoning, pregnancy, migraines, medicines, and motion sickness. While nausea is expected with some conditions including pregnancy, other underlying conditions, and symptoms, including severe abdominal pain, blood in the vomit and very stiff neck require immediate medical assistance.  

While there are several treatments to treat nausea based on the underlying cause, medical cannabis eases the discomforting condition, according to the British Journal of Pharmacology. The 2011 study confirmed that “the anti-emetic effect of cannabinoids has been shown across a wide variety of animals that are capable of vomiting in response to a toxic challenge.” Furthermore, the 2011 study reported that the animal trial “suggests that cannabinoids may be especially useful in treating the more difficult to control symptoms of nausea and anticipatory nausea in chemotherapy patients, which are less well controlled by the currently available conventional pharmaceutical agents.”

Nausea Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

Along with noted causes, WebMD reports additional reasons including concussion, heart attack, brain tumor, overeating, infections, ulcers, cancer, appendicitis, and bowel obstruction, adding “the timing of the nausea or vomiting can indicate the cause.” Symptoms of nausea are uncomfortable and could be signs of a more severe condition if experienced with confusion and rapid breathing, as well as other noted dangerous signs.

The most common signs of nausea include dizziness, trouble swallowing, and changes in skin temperature. Some drugs that relieve nausea include anticholinergics, benzodiazepines, antihistamine, and even home remedies like raw ginger can help. 

Leveraging Cannabinoids for the Symptoms Associated with Nausea

Medical News Today also reports cannabinoid drug Dronabinol as a treating medication for nausea, proving the plant properties work as effective as prescription drugs. Project CBD says that when given in small doses, the non-intoxicating cannabinoid CBD relates well with serotonin releasing receptors, easing nausea and vomiting. 

Author Stacey Kerr writes that after suggesting to her friend with breast cancer that a calibrated vaporizer and cannabis herb of a ratio of 2:1 CBD: THC would offer her ease from nausea she was experiencing due to chemotherapy. When Kerr got a phone call from her friend, she realized the crying she heard was of joy since her friend said, “it worked faster, better, and more completely” then what her oncologist prescribed.

The American Cancer Society reported in 2017 the benefits of marijuana concerning cancer. While “a number of small studies of smoked marijuana found that it can be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy,” and “a few studies have found that inhaled (smoked or vaporized) marijuana can be helpful treatment of neuropathic pain (pain caused by damaged nerves).” While medical cannabis continues to alleviate the uncomfortable signs of nausea caused by several conditions or diseases, many who suffer it for whatever reason have continued relief. 

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