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Medical Marijuana and Severe Nausea

What Is Severe Nausea?

Nausea is essentially a feeling that one has to vomit. It can come on from a sensation of dizziness or be discomfort in the throat, chest or stomach that either makes one want to vomit or is a warning from the body that one has to vomit. It can present in different severities from a slight, passing feeling to an overwhelming sensation that leads to vomiting. It has many causes and can be alleviated with medication.

The causes of severe nausea are many. There is motion sickness, stomach illness, AIDS, chemotherapy, infections, numerous medications, anxiety, panic attacks and much more. In some cases, the nausea is a sensation that can be overpowered and often should be, such as with anxiety attacks. In other cases, it is the body's way of expelling something unhealthy, such as food poisoning. Vomiting is the body's natural defense mechanism against what it deems as poison, so it is sometimes best not to fight it. In fact, oftentimes, vomiting is induced by medical professionals. In cases where severe nausea it is not necessary to therapeutic vomiting and interferes with life, a medication known as an antiemetic can help.
Medical marijuana is a known antiemetic. It is recognized in the health community and even in the U.S. federal government as a useful took against nausea and vomiting associated with specific illnesses. Unfortunately, it is only available to those who have these illnesses under federal law. However, several states have passed their own laws that state medical marijuana can be prescribed for the relief of severe nausea in many other illnesses.

Nausea is essentially a feeling that one has to vomit. It can come on from a sensation of dizziness or be discomfort in the throat, chest or stomach that either makes one want to vomit or is a warning from the body that one has to vomit. It can present in different severities from a slight, passing feeling to an overwhelming sensation that leads to vomiting. It has many causes and can be alleviated with medication.

The causes of severe nausea are many. There is motion sickness, stomach illness, AIDS, chemotherapy, infections, numerous medications, anxiety, panic attacks and much more. In some cases, the nausea is a sensation that can be overpowered and often should be, such as with anxiety attacks. In other cases, it is the body's way of expelling something unhealthy, such as food poisoning. Vomiting is the body's natural defense mechanism against what it deems as poison, so it is sometimes best not to fight it. In fact, oftentimes, vomiting is induced by medical professionals. In cases where severe nausea it is not necessary to therapeutic vomiting and interferes with life, a medication known as an antiemetic can help.

Medical marijuana is a known antiemetic. It is recognized in the health community and even in the U.S. federal government as a useful took against nausea and vomiting associated with specific illnesses. Unfortunately, it is only available to those who have these illnesses under federal law. However, several states have passed their own laws that state medical marijuana can be prescribed for the relief of severe nausea in many other illnesses.

Medical Marijuana and Severe Nausea

Studies and Research on the Usefulness of Medical Marijuana for Nausea
The medical marijuana medications nabilone and dronabinol have been given for nausea for several years. They are shown to reduce nausea in the majority of patients, even those who have been resistant to antiemetics in the past. Their main use is for nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. There is documentation of side effects such as feeling tired and dizzy. A doctor and patient together can decide if these effects are worth reducing or eliminating nausea.
Research has shown conclusively that medical marijuana, including cannabinoids and THC, works as an antiemetic. In some cases, it works better than other medications prescribed for nausea. It has also been used together with other antiemetics to great result. Studies combining medical marijuana with other prescription antiemetics revealed that combining these antiemetics increased the effect of both, showing that it can be used as a stand-alone antiemetic or together with other antiemetics in cases that require more results.
The Drug Enforcement Administration on Medical Marijuana for Nausea
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is charged with controlling the use of narcotic drugs in the United States. One of these drugs, which the federal government has labeled among the worst, is marijuana. Even this agency has admitted to the importance of research in the area of marijuana as a medication. They do not interfere with use of marinol for nausea in patients with prescriptions. Marinol contains synthetic THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana. This is a large step toward federal legalization of many forms of medical marijuana. However, it is slow going. The DEA claims to be supporting medical research in the field, but very few marijuana medications are approved by the federal government and they can only be used in very specific cases.
The Food and Drug Administration and Medical Marijuana for Nausea
Interestingly, the FDA has come out with statements in the past six years that say they have found absolutely no medical use for marijuana. What is most interesting about that is the FDA has approved synthetic medical marijuana for nausea, vomiting and wasting associated with AIDS and chemotherapy. Marinol has been approved by the FDA since 1985! As of now, that is more than 25 years of FDA approved medical marijuana usage and yet, there is a lot of political backtracking. Medical marijuana clearly has a use if it has such a longstanding history of medical use for nausea. Furthermore, even synthetic derivatives of the plant are derivatives of the plant, thus proving that medical marijuana has at least one use -- research -- thought it certainly has many more.

Studies and Research on the Usefulness of Medical Marijuana for Nausea

The medical marijuana medications nabilone and dronabinol have been given for nausea for several years. They are shown to reduce nausea in the majority of patients, even those who have been resistant to antiemetics in the past. Their main use is for nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. There is documentation of side effects such as feeling tired and dizzy. A doctor and patient together can decide if these effects are worth reducing or eliminating nausea.

Research has shown conclusively that medical marijuana, including cannabinoids and THC, works as an antiemetic. In some cases, it works better than other medications prescribed for nausea. It has also been used together with other antiemetics to great result. Studies combining medical marijuana with other prescription antiemetics revealed that combining these antiemetics increased the effect of both, showing that it can be used as a stand-alone antiemetic or together with other antiemetics in cases that require more results.

The Drug Enforcement Administration on Medical Marijuana for Nausea

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is charged with controlling the use of narcotic drugs in the United States. One of these drugs, which the federal government has labeled among the worst, is marijuana. Even this agency has admitted to the importance of research in the area of marijuana as a medication. They do not interfere with use of marinol for nausea in patients with prescriptions. Marinol contains synthetic THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana. This is a large step toward federal legalization of many forms of medical marijuana. However, it is slow going. The DEA claims to be supporting medical research in the field, but very few marijuana medications are approved by the federal government and they can only be used in very specific cases.

The Food and Drug Administration and Medical Marijuana for Nausea

Interestingly, the FDA has come out with statements in the past six years that say they have found absolutely no medical use for marijuana. What is most interesting about that is the FDA has approved synthetic medical marijuana for nausea, vomiting and wasting associated with AIDS and chemotherapy. Marinol has been approved by the FDA since 1985! As of now, that is more than 25 years of FDA approved medical marijuana usage and yet, there is a lot of political backtracking. Medical marijuana clearly has a use if it has such a longstanding history of medical use for nausea. Furthermore, even synthetic derivatives of the plant are derivatives of the plant, thus proving that medical marijuana has at least one use -- research -- thought it certainly has many more.

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