The anti-emetic properties of cannabis
Multiple medical studies show that cannabis is an effective antiemetic treatment. To relieve nausea and vomiting in general. Marijuana is more effective, in fact, than many pharmaceuticals, and with fewer side effects. Along with inflammation and pain, nausea is one of the top three symptoms that is effectively treated with marijuana.
The power of cannabis
Many people struggle with nausea (liver and intestinal problems). Some people know the power of cannabis to relieve nausea. It's a question of living comfort, mainly, and it makes a huge difference. Cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment were one of the first groups to discover this wonderful and main property of cannabis.
Cannabis allows you to eat, and keep food in your stomach, which helps fight weight loss. Patients battling HIV quickly found cannabis to be very useful for the same reasons. Most patients only need a few tobs of cannabis to quell their nausea. Those who try marijuana for the first time in a medical setting are often amazed at its effectiveness and how quickly it works.
The awakening of Dr. Grinspoon
Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Harvard researcher and friend of Carl Sagan, although he already wrote the reference book marijuana Reconsidered, ignored the antiemetic properties of cannabis. Over dinner, a fellow oncologist at Grinspoon told him that a patient with leukemia from the age of 17 had used marijuana to effectively treat nausea resulting from his chemotherapy.
One day, returning from a chemotherapy session with her 15-year-old son, Danny, who struggled with childhood leukemia, a couple suggested that she get some marijuana to treat her son's post-treatment nausea. But Dr Grinspoon initially rejected the idea, because of the illegality of cannabis. Despite her husband's opposition, Mrs. Grinspoon obtained marijuana for her son ...
After Betty Grinspoon shared cannabis with their son, and following the last chemotherapy treatment, Dr Grinspoon noted that Danny was unusually relaxed, happy.
"Before, with this particular chemo, he got nauseous and felt terrible right away," said Dr Grinspoon.
But that day, instead of being nauseous, Danny asked if they could stop for a sandwich on the way home…
“He has never had any difficulty with nausea and vomiting with other treatments for as long as he has lived. He was free from this worry. It was a godsend. "- Dr Grinspoon
For more than 40 years, in 1975, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a study on the effects of THC against nausea and vomiting. Thus, no patient vomited while experiencing a subjective “high”. This is because oral tetrahydrocannabinol has antiemetic properties and is significantly better than placebo at reducing vomiting caused by chemotherapeutic agents.
“In patients who already experience severe nausea or vomiting, the pills are generally ineffective, due to difficulty swallowing them or keeping a pill in the stomach. As well as the slow onset of the effect of the drug, ”concludes a 1999 report from the Institutes of Medicine
Dr. Donald Abrams is the Session Leader in Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. But also professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, reported Newsweek in 2015:
"A day does not pass when I do not see a cancer patient who has nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain, depression and insomnia"
According to Dr. Abrams, cannabis “Is the only anti-nausea in medicine that increases appetite. " Finally, the oncologists got the message. A total of 82% of them agreed that cannabis offers a treatment option for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Since pharmaceutical treatments are generally much more expensive than marijuana. In addition, ineffective solutions for many patients, besides having many side effects… Indeed, cannabis is becoming the treatment of choice for many patients suffering from nausea. After all, the only side effects of most experiences are High, sudden appetites, and drowsiness (if you're using an indica). Which is much better than feeling sick in your stomach ...
Two important cannabinoids are found in marijuana, THCV and CBDV. These molecules "may have a therapeutic potential in reducing nausea," according to a study by 2013 published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. In addition, cannabinoids were administered to laboratory rats to measure their effects on nausea induced by the toxin.
In 1982, the Michigan Department of Health conducted a study involving cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Thus, the study involved 165 participants seeking to alleviate nausea and vomiting. The patients were placed in one of two control groups, those using marijuana and those taking Torecan. Additionally, patients could choose to switch to alternative therapy if the first one failed. 90% of patients who received cannabis for nausea and vomiting relief wanted to continue using it. Only 8 out of 83 patients who received marijuana chose to stop it and try Torecan… But 22 of 23 patients decided to stop Torecan and switch to cannabis…
According to this study, 71% of patients given marijuana no longer reported vomiting. At worst, moderate nausea following chemotherapy treatments. The main side noted in the Michigan study was appetite, with 32% of patients reporting sudden appetites.
The best ways to use cannabis for nausea
Since speed of relief is important, many prefer to smoke or vape. And this as opposed to ingesting edibles or capsules. Indeed, edibles take 45 minutes to a few hours for them to be effective, and it is too long to wait while being sick ...
Vaporizers are increasingly popular with patients with nausea who want to avoid the smoke, but want relief quickly.
In extreme cases, due to respiratory sensitivity, tinctures and pills are more willing. With tinctures the effects take more quickly than edibles.
Best strains for nausea
Some strains of cannabis have been shown to be more effective than others at fighting nausea. This is because the South African strain Durban Poison, for example, is particularly effective in reducing or eliminating nausea. Other sativa strains that are particularly effective against nausea include Sour Diesel and Trinity.
Indica nausea killer strains include:
- Sensi Star
- MK Ultra
- Purple OG Kush
Hybrids effective against nausea include:
- Dutch Treat
- White Fire OG
- Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
- SFV OG
- Deadhead OG
Of course, the final arbiter of effectiveness against nausea is the effect that a particular strain of cannabis has on you. If it works, that's the important part!