Feeling nauseous is a horrible sensation. It is often experienced for a variety of reasons such as chronic physical disorders, because of chemotherapy treatments, some cancers, migraines, colds, and influenza. Nausea is always the symptom of some underlying cause. When feeling nauseous, you may experience lack of appetite, fever, feel faint, have a dry mouth or excessive salivation, or decreased urination. Nausea can often become so severe that the sufferer experiences gagging, queasiness, headache, balance issues, and misery. In many cases, treating nausea can be difficult or impossible, even with prescription medications. However, the cannabinoids found in marijuana have proven to be extremely successful at relieving the symptoms and even spurring appetite.
Synthetic THC and Cannabis to Treat Nausea
For decades, cannabis advocates have pushed for the legalization of medical marijuana to treat a variety of medical conditions. The ability of cannabis to relieve nausea caused from chemotherapy, cancer, and AIDS-related conditions is undeniable. It is so well-researched that in the 1980s a synthetic form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was released for the treatment of nausea caused by chemotherapy. The drug, Marinol (generic Dronabinol) was used to treat both nausea and vomiting. Marinol is distributed by US-based Banner Pharmacaps. Shortly after the release of Marinol, another synthetic cannabinoid hit the market in Canada. Known as nabilone, the Canadian medicine is sold under the brand name Cesamet by the Canadian company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. Unfortunately, both drugs only have minimal success in treating nausea and vomiting. Many hypothesize that the drugs are simply not as effective as natural marijuana because they are synthetic forms of THC so do not bind as readily with the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. Others believe the success of marijuana to curb nausea is not just due to THC but also the plant’s other cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD).
CBD to Treat Nausea
Cannabidiol (CBD) interacts with the brain’s auto-receptors. The auto-receptors are believed to trigger the feeling of nausea in the body. Cannabidiol effectively treats nausea that is a result of several physical factors. CBD, when combined with THC effectively, curbs retching according to researchers at the Department of Psychology and Collaborative Neuroscience Program at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.
CBD and Pain
Nausea sufferers are often also miserable due to an inflamed gastrointestinal tract, sore throat, headache, joint discomfort, and other pain brought on from the underlying cause of the vomiting. Such individuals benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of the CBD and the pain reduction brought on from cannabis use.
How to Ingest THC and CBD for Nausea
Many individuals cannot swallow a capsule or enjoy an edible when nauseous. In order to successfully ingest the CBD and THC in marijuana they must either smoke the plant material or vape a cannabis concentrate. Some users can successfully place cannabis oil drops under their tongues for rapid sublingual absorption. In states where cannabis is legal for medical purposes, many physicians are prescribing cannabis suppositories for nausea sufferers.
Historically, the criminalization of marijuana has made its use taboo to many individuals. However, times are changing. Medical marijuana is widely accepted and legal in many states and some countries such as Canada. Also, the use of statewide legalization of recreational marijuana is becoming more commonplace. Even the American Cancer Society openly acknowledges that the use of cannabis that contains THC and CBD effectively curb nausea and vomiting in cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. Furthermore, the marijuana also induces appetite in AIDS and cancer suffers.