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Medical Marijuana and Gastritis

What Is Gastritis?

Gastritis is a medical condition that occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes swollen or inflamed. Gastritis can also cause the lining of the stomach to erode. Although many people can suffer from acute gastritis, or gastritis that only lasts for a short period of time, others suffer from long-term, or chronic, gastritis. Gastritis is often caused by long term use of over the counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen. Long-term, and/or excessive use, or abuse, of alcohol can also lead to gastritis. A bacterial infection of the stomach known as Helicobacter pylori is also a common cause of gastritis. Less common causes of gastritis include bile reflux, autoimmune disorders such as pernicious anemia, cocaine use, viral infection, stress and consuming caustic or poisonous substances. Sufferers of gastritis often experience pain in the upper abdomen, a loss of appetite, and nausea or vomiting as well as recurrent upset stomach, indigestion and a burning or gnawing sensation in the stomach between meals. When the lining of the stomach is eroding as a result of the gastritis, the patient may also experience black stools as well as vomiting blood or a black substance that looks like coffee grounds. Conventional treatment for gastritis starts with removing any substance that contributes to the condition such as over the counter drugs or alcohol. Antacids, proton pump inhibitors and H2 antagonists such as Tagamet or Zantac are also common treatment options. If bacteria is the cause, a regimen of antibiotics may also be used. Gastritis is a medical condition that occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes swollen or inflamed. Gastritis can also cause the lining of the stomach to erode. Although many people can suffer from acute gastritis, or gastritis that only lasts for a short period of time, others suffer from long-term, or chronic, gastritis.Gastritis is often caused by long term use of over the counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen. Long-term, and/or excessive use, or abuse, of alcohol can also lead to gastritis. A bacterial infection of the stomach known as Helicobacter pylori is also a common cause of gastritis. Less common causes of gastritis include bile reflux, autoimmune disorders such as pernicious anemia, cocaine use, viral infection, stress and consuming caustic or poisonous substances.  When the lining of the stomach is eroding as a result of the gastritis, the patient may also experience black stools as well as vomiting blood or a black substance that looks like coffee grounds. Conventional treatment for gastritis starts with removing any substance that contributes to the condition such as over the counter drugs or alcohol. Antacids, proton pump inhibitors and H2 antagonists such as Tagamet or Zantac are also common treatment options. If bacteria is the cause, a regimen of antibiotics may also be used.

Medical Marijuana and Gastritis

Medical Marijuana and Gastritis
Gastritis can be a serious condition that leaves the sufferer leading a less than full life. Traditional treatment for gastritis is aimed at eliminating the causes and providing the patient with relief from the symptoms. Antacids and proton pump inhibitors, however, have some serious long term use side effects that can eventually lead to even more serious health concerns. These drugs typically come with disclaimers that warn the patient to discontinue use after a relatively short period of time -- and for good reason. These drugs act by either removing or neutralizing acid produced in the stomach. When acid is removed or reduced, however, the patient’s general health declines because the body is unable to properly absorb essential nutrients.
Medical marijuana offers many of the benefits of conventional gastritis treatment options, without the negative side effects. Medical marijuana has long been known to stimulate the appetite as well as reduce nausea and vomiting. In addition, medical marijuana also offers anti-inflammatory benefits that can help reduce the inflammation in the stomach caused by the gastritis.
Medical Marijuana and Gastritis: Clinical Evidence
Clinical studies have repeatedly shown that marijuana acts as an appetite stimulate. Time and time again, studies on cancer patients who have lost their appetite due to chemotherapy have shown that medical marijuana does, indeed, act to stimulate the appetite. In addition, these same studies have shown that medical marijuana works to reduce nausea and vomiting. A long term study conducted from 1975 through 1996 concluded that medical marijuana is at least as effective, if not more effective, than traditionally prescribed drugs used to treat nausea. For anyone suffering from gastritis, the road to recovery must, of necessity, include eating right and providing the body with proper nutrients. Medical marijuana can help the patient by providing the desire to eat and reduce the possibility of feeling nauseous or vomiting after eating or between meals.
Along with combating the loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting that often accompanies gastritis, medical marijuana may be useful in treating the stomach itself. Medical marijuana has also been shown to be an effective an anti-inflammatory drug. Medical marijuana contains Cannabidiol, or CBD, and important component of marijuana which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Along with CBD, medical cannabis has been shown to reduce tissue inflammation as a result of the presence of the compound β-caryophyllene. Both CBD and β-caryophyllene work to reduce inflammation in the stomach of a gastritis suffer, without the side effects caused by antacids and proton pump inhibitors.

Medical Marijuana and Gastritis

Gastritis can be a serious condition that leaves the sufferer leading a less than full life. Traditional treatment for gastritis is aimed at eliminating the causes and providing the patient with relief from the symptoms. Antacids and proton pump inhibitors, however, have some serious long term use side effects that can eventually lead to even more serious health concerns. These drugs typically come with disclaimers that warn the patient to discontinue use after a relatively short period of time -- and for good reason. These drugs act by either removing or neutralizing acid produced in the stomach. When acid is removed or reduced, however, the patient’s general health declines because the body is unable to properly absorb essential nutrients.

Medical marijuana offers many of the benefits of conventional gastritis treatment options, without the negative side effects. Medical marijuana has long been known to stimulate the appetite as well as reduce nausea and vomiting. In addition, medical marijuana also offers anti-inflammatory benefits that can help reduce the inflammation in the stomach caused by the gastritis.

Medical Marijuana and Gastritis: Clinical Evidence

Clinical studies have repeatedly shown that marijuana acts as an appetite stimulate. Time and time again, studies on cancer patients who have lost their appetite due to chemotherapy have shown that medical marijuana does, indeed, act to stimulate the appetite. In addition, these same studies have shown that medical marijuana works to reduce nausea and vomiting. A long term study conducted from 1975 through 1996 concluded that medical marijuana is at least as effective, if not more effective, than traditionally prescribed drugs used to treat nausea. For anyone suffering from gastritis, the road to recovery must, of necessity, include eating right and providing the body with proper nutrients. Medical marijuana can help the patient by providing the desire to eat and reduce the possibility of feeling nauseous or vomiting after eating or between meals.

Along with combating the loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting that often accompanies gastritis, medical marijuana may be useful in treating the stomach itself. Medical marijuana has also been shown to be an effective an anti-inflammatory drug. Medical marijuana contains Cannabidiol, or CBD, and important component of marijuana which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Along with CBD, medical cannabis has been shown to reduce tissue inflammation as a result of the presence of the compound β-caryophyllene. Both CBD and β-caryophyllene work to reduce inflammation in the stomach of a gastritis suffer, without the side effects caused by antacids and proton pump inhibitors.

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