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 suffering 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.