Currently the plant is widely used to counteract nausea and other side effects of chemotherapy, but there is still very little evidence of its anti-cancer potential. We might assume that when and if these healing properties are scientifically proven, medical marijuana will most likely replace chemotherapy.
Any type of chemotherapy attacks the body with toxic and poisonous substances, and as a result, side effects occur. They depend on the number and cycles of chemotherapy sessions, dosage and types of the drug used.
In this article we will take a closer look at what after effects of the procedure are eased by marijuana consumption and how.
1. Nausea and vomiting, gastric disturbance;
2. Decreased appetite;
3. Fatigue and lethargy;
4. Depression, insomnia, anxiety.
Cancer patients often experience nausea during chemotherapy treatments. The level and intensity of nausea directly depends on the type of drugs they receive - radiation or other intense forms of treatment. Keep in mind, that before taking any pharmaceuticals, it’s always better to ask your doctor about the side effects. Among the most common are constipation, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, upset stomach.
Consumption of cannabis as a form of treatment has been around for thousands of years. The brainstem circuitry relating to vomiting response is easily explained: CB1 antagonists — anti-cannabinoids — induce vomiting, while CB1 and CB2 agonists — like THC — block vomiting response by reducing the release of excitatory transmitters. How cannabinoids inhibit nausea is less clear, but, it’s nonetheless effective.
Patients often experience increased demands on their metabolism coupled with a decrease in nutrient intake. The endocannabinoid system has two primary cannabinoid receptors responsible for helping modulate a variety of actions. It is the first group of CB1 receptors that is responsible for: Appetite, muscle control, pain, cognition, and reward.
During the chemotherapy course of treatment patients frequently experience fatigue, which is one of the side effects. It is also strengthened by nausea and dizziness, disturbed sleep, as well as general exhaustion and weak immune system. And this is where one of the effects of cannabis comes into play by providing an energy increase. More often than not, sativa strains ensure energetic highs. The hazy properties come from myrcene, a terpene found in indica-dominant marijuana. Reversely, it's believed that sativas contain more of the revitalizing and uplifting cannabinoids and terpenes. Sometimes high CBD strains can also get the job done and offer a little extra energy, aside from their pain management effects.
Give sativas a try - they should help fight fatigue and restore energy.
In addition to overall physical weakness and bad tolerance to chemotherapy, which can lead to insomnia, it is a hard period for any person forced to suffer through it and overcome. Numerous difficulties may arise in the process and drugs may become overwhelming plus it is psychologically difficult to bear it all and gather strength. In this case, in addition to the help and support of family and friends, it might not be a bad idea to cheer yourself up with a hearty puff.
It has been proven that cannabis removes depressive symptoms by stimulating the endocannabinoid system and increasing neurogenesis, much like many antidepressants do, but without the necessary daily regimen. Cannabis also has milder side effects compared to many popular antidepressants (including physical pain, sleep problems, fatigue).
Marijuana will relax your body and mind, drive away unnecessary thoughts, and simply cheer you up.
Active components of marijuana, such as tetrahydrocannabinol and its derivatives do not lead to physical addiction. And they make for excellent alternatives in combating side effects in the treatment of breast cancer, compared to pharmaceutical drugs. In general, the safety profile of cannabis is superior to many pharmaceutical medicines.
Note that we have given several examples of strains for symptoms, since finding the perfect one for each particular case takes trying different options. For someone Blue Dream or Mimosa will be an all-around treatment and for some finding the perfect flower will take a bit of time.
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