How Medical Marijuana Helps Treat Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome

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Cyclical vomiting syndrome abbreviated as CVS, is a disorder that causes sudden, repeated attacks or episodes of severe nausea and vomiting. The condition is characterized by severe episodes of vomiting that has no apparent cause. The episodes of vomiting can last for hours or days and can equally alternate with symptom-free periods. It should be noted that the episodes are generally similar tending to start at the same time of the day, last the same length of time and occur with the same symptoms and intensity.

Even though this condition occurs in all ages, it mostly begins in children around 3 to 7 years old. Nevertheless, the number of cases of Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome being diagnosed in adults is increasing. It is apparent that Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome is quite difficult to diagnose since vomiting is actually a symptom of many illnesses and medical conditions. Some of the common syndromes of Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome include severe nausea, intense sweating, severe vomiting that occurs several times per hour and could continue for days, but lasts less than one week as well as three or more episodes of vomiting with no apparent cause in the past six months. Other signs and symptoms during a vomiting episode may include fever, dizziness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, as well as sensitivity to light. Like many conditions, Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) can be treated through lifestyle changes that helps prevent events that can trigger episodes of vomiting. Similarly, some medications, including anti-nausea and migraine therapies may help lessen the symptoms of Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome.

Research has pointed out to the fact that medical marijuana could be effective and safe when it comes to treating Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome. It is imperative to note that medical marijuana is often used to ease digestive symptoms and this explains why some people use it to manage symptoms of CVS. There are also insinuations that the right dose of medical marijuana matters a lot when it comes to alleviating the symptoms of Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome. The reason is that chronic or heavy consumption of medical marijuana may instead result in Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome. According to a literature review that was published in the Pharmaceuticals Journal, an estimated 42 to 53 percent of people living with Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome were people who use marijuana chronically. But of course, separate from these users, some people with CVS use medical marijuana in considerable doses in a bid to gain relief from their symptoms.

The symptoms of CVS that are easily relieved with the use of medical cannabis includes nausea and vomiting. This assertion can be explained by the fact that cannabis has been proven to be helpful in suppressing nausea and vomiting by activating receptor sites of the endocannabinoid system. This therefore makes medical cannabis a great choice of an anti-nausea medication. As soon as cannabinoids like CBD and THC are ingested, they activate the receptor sites, thereby causing biological changes to take place.

Interestingly, the reason cannabinoids influence the endocannabinoid system so well is because of their similarities with the compounds that already exist within the human body known as the endocannabinoids.

A scientific paper that was published in the British Journal of Pharmacology highlighted evidences that suggested that manipulations of the endocannabinoid system regulate nausea and vomiting in humans and other animals. The authors of this paper further argued that the anti-emetic, or anti-nausea effects of cannabinoids are achieved through the activation of the endocannabinoid system receptor sites.

Another review that was published in the European Journal of Pharmacology stated that the endocannabinoid system has the potential to be used for the treatment of nausea. The authors of this study purported that nausea and vomiting are extremely important adaptations found in most vertebrate species and that the inappropriate activation of this reflex may lead to severe and debilitating symptoms. The scientists therefore concluded that preventative measures are extremely important, and cannabis may serve as a great remedy.

Another placebo randomized study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine tested the anti-nausea effects of cannabis on patients who were taking chemotherapy drugs known to cause nausea and vomiting. The results of this study indicated that THC initiated at least a 50 percent reduction in vomiting as compared to placebo.

In a nutshell, there is a need for more research to be carried on this topic considering the fact that Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome is newly recognized in the medical field and not yet fully understood.


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Marijuana strains reported to help with Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome:

Royal Cookies
Royal Moby
OG Kush
Durban Poison
Sour Diesel
Blue Dream
Jack Herer

How To Get Medical Marijuana

If you are a resident of a legal state interested in trying medical marijuana to treat Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome or other medical conditions, you will first need to consult with a certified doctor in order to get a medical marijuana card. To get started, simply fill out the MMJ patient registration form, press submit and a physician or clinic representative will contact you as available.

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