Does Severe Nausea Quality for Medical Marijuana in Michigan?
Severe nausea can be caused by treatments or medications for conditions or it can be a direct symptom of a disease. Both of these types of severe nausea can qualify you for medical marijuana in Michigan. Because severe nausea is caused by a variety of conditions, it is hard to pin down exactly how many people are suffering from it. One of the most severe types of nausea is chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), which is estimated to occur in up to 80% of cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help Severe Nausea?
Synthetic cannabinoid medications are a common treatment for severe nausea, particularly in those with chemotherapy-induced nausea. However, natural cannabis has also shown promise for helping relieve nausea and vomiting. According to the National Cancer Institute, inhaled Cannabis was more effective than placebo in reducing nausea in cancer patients receiving high-dose methotrexate.
Medical marijuana is thought to help with severe nausea largely thanks to the antiemetic effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis. Phytocannabinoids like THC interact with a system in our bodies termed the endocannabinoid system (ECS). With ECS receptors found across emetic pathways in our bodies, interaction with these receptors by THC may help to improve nausea and reduce vomiting.
Medical marijuana may provide symptomatic relief if you experience severe nausea caused by any of the following conditions or their treatments:
- Anxiety conditions
- Autoimmune diseases
- Crohn’s disease
- Irritable bowel disease
- Head trauma
- Hepatitis C
- Vertigo conditions
This is of course only a partial list of conditions for which medical marijuana could help with severe nausea.
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