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Medical Marijuana For Nausea and Vomiting
December 13, 2022

Category: Medical Marijuana in Mississippi

For at least the past five thousand years, cannabis has been used successfully as a medical pain reliever. In many cases where opioids and traditional pain treatments have failed, patients report significant improvements after using medical cannabis. Medical cannabis is an effective treatment for nausea and vomiting. As more and more studies are conducted on the topic, it becomes clear that medical cannabis provides significant relief for the vast majority of patients. After using medical cannabis, most patients felt better in under an hour.

The effects of cannabis use on nausea were studied by scientists at the University of New Mexico. They found that, on average, symptoms improved by nearly 4 points on a 0-10 scale in the first few minutes after use, and continued to improve for up to an hour.

Nausea is a common symptom, but it is often difficult to treat using conventional treatments like herbal remedies like ginger or prescription pharmaceuticals. Food poisoning, emotional distress, gastrointestinal disorders, motion sickness, pregnancy, and chemotherapy are common triggers for nausea. Since ancient times, people have turned to cannabis when they feel queasy. Despite widespread recognition of cannabis’ efficacy for treating chemotherapy-induced nausea, research into the use of cannabis for nausea in the general population is lacking. No studies have been conducted on the time-to-relief and how relief varies with product characteristics. In comparison to edibles or tinctures, the effects of smoking a joint or using a vaporizer are slower in coming on, but the effects of vaping are more immediate.

Can I Get a Mississippi Medical Marijuana Card For Nausea & Vomiting?

Yes. However, you can only use medical marijuana in Mississippi if your MS medical marijuana doctor recommends it. If a patient can demonstrate they have a “debilitating medical condition,” they may qualify for certification under the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act and begin using the drug for medical purposes. Chronic, terminal, or disabling disease or medical condition, or its treatment, as defined by the Mississippi Department of Health, that results in any of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome, chronic pain, severe or intractable nausea, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis, is considered a qualification for medical cannabis in Mississippi. 

Benefits of Medical Marijuana in treating Cancer-related Nausea

Marijuana with a high concentration of the psychoactive compound THC is recommended for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea in cancer patients. Prescription cannabinoids have been shown to be more effective than other anti-nausea drugs in reducing vomiting and nausea in cancer chemotherapy patients. 

When treating nausea and vomiting with medical marijuana, the benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in cancer patients
  • Limited intestinal motility
  • Improved Appetite, especially for those limited by cancer-treatment

Evidence suggests that cannabis may help the 25-59% of chemo patients who experience anticipatory nausea. When a patient’s acute nausea from chemotherapy is not effectively treated, the patient develops a conditioned response of being nauseated when returning to the clinic for more treatment sessions.

Benefits of Medical Marijuana in treating HIV-related Nausea

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients take medications to suppress the effects of the virus on the body, but these medications can have negative side effects. Protease inhibitors are an effective class of antiviral drugs, but they cause nausea and vomiting in patients that is comparable to that caused by chemotherapy.

Medical marijuana in Mississippi has been shown to be effective treatments for HIV patients dealing with nausea and cachexia, also known as wasting syndrome. Traditional medications for nausea have not been shown to improve appetite, but when patients were given higher doses of cannabis or dronabinol, their weight and appetite both increased.

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