How Medical Marijuana Is Used for Relieving Nausea
Most people are familiar with nausea, an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach that is often accompanied by the feeling of a need to vomit. Other symptoms that can occur when you are feeling nauseous is abdominal pain, regurgitation, and lack of appetite. Nausea can be caused by a number of factors including medications and treatments, or it can be a symptom caused by a specific condition.
Luckily, medical cannabis can help provide relief from nausea and vomiting. Research shows that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), one of the most prominent cannabinoids found in cannabis, works as an antiemetic. When marijuana is consumed, cannabinoids interact with a system in our bodies called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Within the ECS, we have receptors and specifically CB1 receptors that are involved in the regulation of food intake, nausea and emesis. When THC interacts with the CB1 receptors, it can help reduce nausea and vomiting.
The two main types of nausea are acute and chronic. Acute nausea originates from a condition that comes on suddenly, such as from a migraine, the stomach flu, motion sickness and more. Chronic nausea, on the other hand, occurs when the feelings of nausea are consistently present or come and go often. This is typically associated with conditions including hepatitis, gallstones, IBD, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Nausea is a common symptom of a number of conditions, and medical cannabis has the potential to provide significant relief. Marijuana can help if you experience nausea caused by any of the following conditions: