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How Medical Marijuana Can Help You Cure Nausea

 By Alex H.

Through various researches and studies, it has been proven time and again, that marijuana is highly effective in treating nausea and excessive vomiting in patients cannabiscuresnauseasuffering from terminal illnesses like cancer, AIDS etc. Especially in cases where normal antiemetic drugs are failing to make much of a difference, smoking marijuana is one of the fastest and most effective methods of getting rid of any discomfort caused by nausea and vomiting. Here’s more on how medical marijuana can help you cure nausea.

Though nausea or vomiting may not be seen as that severe a symptom, but in case of continuing vomiting or nauseating tendencies, it is certainly worth worrying about; especially if it is occurring in the case of terminally ill patients suffering from diseases like cancer, AIDS etc.

How chemotherapy can trigger nausea and vomiting

Patients who are undertaking chemotherapy treatment for cancer are highly likely to have extreme cases of nausea and vomiting, often associated with pain. The chemotherapy chemicals, while circulating in the blood, activate the chemoreceptor trigger zone (CTZ) in the brain. This CTZ then sends signals to the vomiting centre in the brain, which then triggers nausea and subsequently, vomiting.

Why antiretroviral drugs cause nausea and vomiting

Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs are used to treat HIV positive patients. When these chemicals enter the bloodstream upon ingestion, then the vomiting centre of the brain detects certain changes in the bloodstream in the form of those chemical substances. They immediately send signals to the stomach to reject the contents, which is what the nauseating feeling is basically.

Excessive nausea can prove to be harmful for the body

Nausea and vomiting may prove to be more harmful to the body in prolonged cases. It may cause severe dehydration as well as loss of appetite thus leading to malnutrition. Excessive vomiting may also prevent the drugs from being in the system long enough to be absorbed.

Marijuana as an antiemetic

An antiemetic is a substance that gives some relief from nausea or vomiting. Marijuana contains THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol which binds with the endocannabinoid receptors in our brain and causes relief or relaxation of the nauseating tendencies.

There are other antiemetics which can be used for patients with severe cases of nausea and vomiting but sometimes, such cases are so severe that traditional antiemetics fail to provide any relief. Marijuana, when smoked, has proven to be highly effective in the harshest cases. As a matter of fact, a study published in the New York State Journal of Medicine proves that by smoking marijuana, 78% of a group of 56 people, who had not gotten any relief from regular antiemetics, found a definite relief and reduction in nausea and vomiting, with an increase in appetite as well.

Marijuana is banned in most places around the globe. The other legal option for a tetrahydrocarbinol drug is Marinol, though it has much reduced effectiveness. This drug has to be ingested orally instead of being smoked in like marijuana. Oral ingestion may not help in complete absorption that can be achieved by smoking.

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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  1. shay

    I am pregnant and I have sever morning sickness and marijuana seems to be the only thing that helps bt idk if its truly safe for my baby

    1. RMForbes

      Please don’t smoke it, there are many dangerous chemicals in smoke of any kind but the cannabinoids found in cannabis resins mimic the natural cannabinoids produced by your body. Natural cannabinoids are present in mother’s milk. If they are not present the child will not likely develop a healthy immune system. Get yourself a vaporizer or drink an herbal cannabis tea to treat your nausea and relax. Cannabinoids are by far the most therapeutic and least toxic substances known.

    2. Samantha

      Shay, I had hg when pregnant and lost 50lbs. Marijuana was the only thing that relieved to my nausea and allowed me to eat as well. I now have a healthy baby boy who excels in everything he does and is extremely smart. How about you?

  2. Justin

    Not sure if I will get a reply, but I was injured in Iraq while in the Army and due to my injuries I get extremely nauseated as well as the vomiting episodes. Just recently moved to Colorado and have received my state MMC. My question is, would the Sativa or Indica be better for my nausea? I have heard some people say that it doesn’t matter.

    1. RMForbes

      I’m sorry but you need to experiment as to which strains and products work best for you. Everyone is a little different and there is no one thing that works right for everyone. I use a concentrated CBD oil that is very high in CBD and much lower in THC during the day and an Indica oil at night to help me sleep. That works for but I’m not saying it will work for you.

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  4. Cody

    I think a more simple answer to why chemo’therapy’ causes nausea and vomiting is the fact that
    1. It’s poison
    2. It’s IRRADIATED stuff going through your body. More specifically, your bloodstream. When you start pumping stuff like that in the body, it gets very upset. It’s not about “chemo receptors” or “chemoreceptor trigger zones” (which might as well be called the uvula). You might as well stick the blame on the “vomiting center in the brain detecting changes in the bloodstream in the form of chemical substances.”

    That being said, the rest of it makes perfect sense.

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