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Medical Marijuana and Thyroiditis

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Patients with thyroiditis may lose up to 10 pounds. Medical marijuana can stimulate appetite and instigate weight gain. This is one of the best-supported effects of medical marijuana in the marijuana literature. It is long established and even supported by the FDA. A drug called Marinol was approved by the FDA in 1986 as a medication for weight loss associated with AIDS. The drug also combats nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients. Marinol is synthetic THC. Given the number of studies that support the use of medical marijuana as an appetite stimulant, the approval of Marinol by the FDA in a political climate that demonizes marijuana use and the results seen in countless patients, there is no doubt that marijuana can stimulate appetite. However, the FDA only supports Marinol for the abovementioned conditions. Individuals with thyroiditis can only get medical marijuana in states where it is approved for thyroiditis. Both synthetic and natural THC work.


Because medical marijuana is often given to cancer and AIDS patients — two conditions that are notorious for being excruciating — there is a lot of opportunity to observe its pain-relieving effects. In some cases, it works as well as established pain-relievers like codeine. In other cases, it does not work or makes pain worse. That is because THC can actually increase pain if too much is ingested. The pain relieving effects can take around 45 minutes to appear. Therefore, thyroiditis sufferers should establish a good dose before using medical marijuana to relieve pain, lest they increase their pain. It should be mentioned that other established pain relievers can have the same pain intensifying effects.


Relatively new and limited research is showing that cannabinoids may play a role in reducing inflammation. Currently, Chron’s disease is the center of attention in this regard. However, endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body. If they can reduce inflammation in one area, they can likely reduce it in others. Furthermore, anecdotal evidence supports medical marijuana use for inflammation caused by eczema and other skin rashes, further showing that medical marijuana can reduce inflammation.

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