Cannabis research that has been done has shown that there are several substances present in the plant that have therapeutic benefits for nausea relief.
Cannabis contains over 120 substances one of which is cannabidiol (CBD). This substance is found in very small amounts within the marijuana plant, unlike the more predominant THC compound that produces a high. CBD has proven to having a long list of conditions that it can help relieve. One of those conditions is nausea. History tells us that cannabis has been used for thousands of years to treat ailments and nausea.
What Is Nausea?
Nausea is an uncomfortable feeling which sometimes is accompanied with vomiting. In short term occurrences, it could be nothing serious and will make you feel miserable. But what if nausea is or becomes a long term chronic condition. While there is no clear cause of what triggers chronic nausea. It is a sign of a more serious problem, that has to be diagnosed by a doctor to find the underlying cause.
Nausea can be caused or associated with fever, food allergy or ailment, headaches, migraines, diarrhea, stress and anxiety. Nausea can also be a side effect of medications or chemotherapy due to cancer treatment. Many pregnant women also experience morning sickness (nausea) during their pregnancy.
CBD & THC Cannabinoids to Manage Nausea
CBD cannabinoid is non-intoxicating. When taken it interacts with serotonin in your body which releases receptors helping to relieve nausea and vomiting. THC is also an anti-nausea cannabinoid, which binds to the CB1 receptors in your brain and helps reduce vomiting. When patients are smoking or vaporizing cannabis the THC enters the bloodstream at an accelerated rate. Suppressing nausea in your brain and settling your stomach within moments.
Depending on how THC is consumed affects the brain differently. If an oral form such as a pill is taken, it first enters the digestive tract and gets processed by the liver. This releases a different psychoactive compound where the reaction is less effecting for battling nausea and an upset stomach.
The other upside side when using THC for nausea is its its therapeutic effect of creating a positive state of mind. Which can be helpful with persons battling with cancer. Through chemotherapy or for others who are having difficulty trying to deal with their chronic nausea.
Whole Plant Medicine or Isolate
THC, CBD, and CBDA in treating nausea has been researched and are perhaps one of the few well-documented and studied cases. Whole plant medicine is far more effective for nausea than taking any isolated cannabinoid. Whole plant medicine is using the full cannabis flowers and leaves. This means not isolating any of the cannabinoid THC or CBD.
If you have never tried whole plant medicine before, it might be best to start with a CBD-rich medicine that still has some THC in the mix. For patients who are suffering from nausea caused by chemotherapy, radiation, or other recognizable reason, cannabis can provide relief.