Those who experience nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite sometimes turn to cannabis to help them push through the symptoms of their ailment. The reason why can be stated simply enough: Because it works. The endocannabinoid system that exists within the human body has a significant role to play in this, and it can be supplemented with the cannabinoids that are introduced to the system via an outside source-like cannabis.
Cancer sufferers enduring chemotherapy and radiation often suffer from these symptoms as a result of their treatments, and many patients –in states with legalized medical cannabis as well as states without – use cannabis to increase their ability to function. Appetite stimulation and the ability to keep nourishment down are two hugely beneficial not only for cancer patients but also those with HIV/AIDS, ulcers, meningitis and numerous other conditions. Because there are so many methods of ingestion, from traditional smoking and edibles to potent concentrates, users of nearly any preference can find a cannabis product to suit their needs and lifestyle.
As anybody who’s had the munchies can tell you, cannabis can be an incredibly effective appetite stimulant. In fact, most known strains of the plant have at least some mild appetite-inducing effect where there was no appetite before, including as a part of treatment in anorexia, Chron’s Disease and severe and/or chronic pain.
Dr. Donald Abrams of the University of California is an outspoken cannabis advocate. In 2011, he issued a response to a study that looked into the therapeutic effects of a synthetic form of THC-the psychoactive component in cannabis. The study revealed that the synthetic THC successfully stimulated appetite in cancer patients. Abrams wrote:
“I don’t think there’s anything startling about the fact that cannabis or cannabinoids increases the appetite. That’s been well known for years.”
Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a Harvard psychiatrist and emeritus professor, has stated that cannabis is “kind of a wonder drug of our time.” He has penned two books on the subject: Marijuana Reconsidered (1971) and Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine (1993). Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine was been translated into 14 languages due to the value of the content inside its pages. Grinspoon is a well-known and acclaimed authority on the effectiveness of cannabis as a treatment option for numerous ailments, including ailments that induce nausea, vomiting and/or loss of appetite.
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