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Medical Marijuana and Cachexia

Cachexia is a wasting syndrome that causes weakness and a loss of weight, fat, and muscle, which affects patients with advanced cancer, AIDS, and some other major chronic progressive diseases. Cachexia and anorexia, or a lack of appetite, often occur together.

Currently, there is no widely accepted drug to treat cachexia. Patients are often treated with steroids and/or nutritional supplements that provide easy-to-absorb nutrients. A 2009 trial found that a supplement of eicosapentaenoic acid helped cancer patients retain muscle mass. Scientists are also studying how human growth hormone treatments can help wasting syndrome patients. However, it is extremely expensive and could cost over $40,000 per year to use.

In order to manage cachexia, patients must reduce nausea and vomiting in order to increase food intake. And according to scientific and anecdotal evidence, using medical marijuana is a safe, effective way to do so. The National Cancer Institute is in the process of evaluating the effects of THC for treatment-related and cancer-related anorexia and cachexia. Many marijuana states include cachexia on their list of qualifying conditions. Additionally, marijuana side effects are typically mild and are classified as "low risk," with euphoric mood changes among the most frequent side effects.

If you or someone you know is looking to find relief from cachexia, MarijuanaDoctors.com can help. We can connect you with hundreds of quality marijuana doctors across the country in all legal marijuana states. Book an appointment today and let us help improve your quality of life!

 

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This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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