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Is marijuana an effective treatment for reducing nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy?

by: mariathc

Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 23:08:20 PM MST

(This has been posted to a wide range of liberal leaning websites.  It does not deal with Montana, but as the meme goes, it is 'relevant to our interests'. - promoted by Rob Kailey)

Nausea and vomiting, whether due to chemotherapy, AIDS treatment, abdominal surgery, or other cause, can be addressed effectively through the use of medical marijuana. Clinical trials and experiences of patients indicate that medical marijuana can relieve nausea and stimulate appetite in patients with nausea, reduce the risk of unhealthy weight loss in patients with conditions like cancer and AIDS.

NauseaThe anti-nausea effects of medicinal marijuana are well known both scientifically and among users who have experienced relief of nausea and vomiting. While cannabinoids isolated from the cannabis plant also help alleviate nausea, marijuana offers medical treatment for vomiting higher compared to orally ingested THC. THC also improved appetite and weight loss reduced in patients with AIDS, as a 2007 study showed. In a similar study during the same year in which scientists' marijuana smokers interviewed HIV-positive, both medical marijuana and THC resulted in an increase in caloric intake and weight.

While the synthetic THC in oral form provides some of the benefits of medical marijuana smoked, many patients prefer smoking or vaporizing cannabis instead of taking a pill of THC. Cannabis is a totally renewable resource and, according to local legislation of marijuana, patients may be allowed to grow medical marijuana at home rather than traveling to a pharmacy for their medications. In 1991, 54% of clinical oncologists surveyed felt that their patients should be able to obtain medical marijuana by prescription for nausea and other symptoms.

Use of medical marijuana to treat nausea

If you are interested in using medical marijuana as a cure for nausea, you should first check the laws in your medical marijuana state to know what steps you must take to use medical marijuana legally. If nausea is your primary state of health, you can not benefit in all areas where medical marijuana is legal. On the other hand, if your nausea is due to a primary state, such as cancer or AIDS, you may be more likely to qualify and may also find that the benefits of medical marijuana in relieving you of other symptoms and slow the progress of your condition.

Then you'll need to talk to your medical marijuana doctor in California. This can be your primary care physician, a specialist in treating a particular condition, or specialist medical marijuana. It may be useful to arrive at your appointment with a revised list whenever you felt nausea or vomiting experienced at least one week time. This will also help you save the results of your use of medical marijuana and whether or not medical marijuana is effectively relieve nausea.

You may also need a caregiver of medical marijuana, which can help you get your medicine if you are unable or unwilling to grow and prepare your own medical marijuana. Choose a caregiver who is experienced with other patients use medical cannabis to relieve nausea.  

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