The Medical Benefits of Using Cannabis To Treat Nausea and Vomiting
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 10/27/2016 in Medical Marijuana Research
In the past few decades, anedoctal evidence has shown that medical cannabis is an effective treatment for pain, inflammation and, nausea and vomitting. As a therapeutic treatment, medical cannabis controls nausea and vomiting in association with appetite simulation.
While the connection between lack of appetite and nausea and vomiting is more complex, such categorization makes it easier to understand how cannabis functions as a treatment. All three symptoms are governed by the endocannabinoid system of the body. Cannabinoids from marijuana and other outside sources can supplement the endocannabinoid system, improving symptoms of severe nausea and vomiting.
What Is Severe Nausea?
Nausea and vomiting are both common symptoms of illness. There are many conditions that can cause these symptoms. Viral gastroenteritis, often incorrectly referred to as the “stomach flu,” is a frequent cause of nausea and vomiting. Another common cause of nausea and vomiting is morning sickness during early pregnancy. Issues in the organs of the upper gastrointestinal tract or the brain can cause nausea.
Certain medications, such as general anesthesia for surgery, can cause vomiting and nausea. In rare cases, nausea and vomiting can be an indicator of a serious or life-threatening problem.
Nausea can be short-lived (acute) or it can be prolonged (chronic). As you can imagine, chronic nausea is often a debilitating symptom that negatively impacts the quality of life for patients. Nausea can be physical or psychological in origin. Since there are many causes of nausea, it can be difficult to diagnosis it’s cause. Determining a proper treatment is often just as difficult for physicians.
Cannabis and Severe Nausea: Medical Benefits of Marijuana
The month of October saw the launch of a nationwide peer-reviewed cannabis study in the United States. The purpose of this crowd-sourced study is to collect real that will prove to the federal government that marijuana should be classified as a medication. Study participation is open to all patients nationwide/worldwide, and all patients need to do to signup is simply register on MarijuanaDoctors.com (MD) upon which you will have free access to the study’s Symptom Tracker — accessible via MD’s website, mobile site, and free app available for download in your app store, so that you can conveniently manage your medical marijuana needs mobliy. To particpiate in the study, patients need only document the requested information, before and after medicating with marijuana. The study will monitor the effects different strains of cannabis have on individual symptoms, conditions and ailments.
The study has already yielded results in the area of severe nausea and vomiting. Based on the trackers findings:
- About 55 percent of the patients in the peer-review study prefer medical cannabis in flower form. 10 percent of the patients preferred oil as a method of consumption, 20 percent of the patients in the severe nausea peer-review study preferred wax, 10 percent of the patients preferred edible medical marijuana, and 5 percent preferred tincture as a method of consumption.
- 8.1 percent of the patients in the peer-review study use Anivert in conjunction with medical marijuana to treat their severe nausea. 10.8 percent of the patients use Anzemet in conjunction with medical marijuana to treat severe nausea. 37.8 percent of patients use Benadryl in conjunction with medical marijuana and 16.2 percent of patients use Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride in conjunction with medical marijuana to treat severe nausea.
- 10 percent of the patients who participated in the peer-review study are from California. Another 10 percent are from Alaska and another 10 percent are from Colorado. 30 percent of the study’s participants are from the state of Massachusetts. 20 percent of the participants from Washington.
- 19.51 percent of the patients who participated in the study are aged 20 to 29.
- 42.86 percent of the patients who used medical marijuana to treat severe nausea are male.
- 20.83 percent of the patients prefer to use paper to smoke medical cannabis.
First Cannabis Peer-Review Study in the USA
An invitation to participate in the study, was extended to over 227,000 qualified patients with medical marijuana cards, in the United States — an open invitation is also futher extended to individuals independently using marijuana as a medicine. To participate patients need only to register on MarijuanaDoctors.com (MD), to have free access to the Symptom Tracker application that will be used to collect the cannabis titration data.
Additionally, invitations have also been extended to over 400 marijuana doctors practicing in medical marijuana states throughout the US, to allow physicians the opportunity to monitor the progress of their patients throughout the study, in efforts to better understand the patient’s condition and uncover ways in which their patient’s health may be further improved. A better understanding of the ailments and their presenting symptoms, will help the marijuana doctors more effectively treat their patients collectively.
Importance of Patient Participation
Because the cannabis peer review study is crowd-sourced, it is vital that as many patients participate as possible. The more patients use the tracker to manage their medical marijuana needs, the more titration data will be collected. Ultimately helping to understand which strains most effectively control nausea and vomiting, and other debilitating conditions, including chronic pain, seizures, anxiety disorders, and more.
The study aims to collect the necessary data to prove that marijuana is a medicine, in efforts to force the federal rescheduling of cannabis. In August 2016, the DEA again rejected both petitions to have medical marijuana rescheduled. Citing that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, and that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that marijuana has medical benefit, the DEA reaffirmed marijuana’s status as a schedule 1 controlled substance.
If you suffer from severe nausea and vomiting and would like to learn more about the cannabis peer review study and sign up to participate, visit MarijuanaDoctors.com to get started today.