Nausea and vomiting are two very connected body reflexes that are symptoms of many diseases. It can occur due to pain, anxiety, digestive issues, infections, inner ear issues, trauma etc. Also, patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment very often experience it and it can even result in weight loss. In most cases people are prescribed antiemetic drugs but they also have side effects. One of the alternative and natural options preferred by people is CBD for nausea relief, read on to know more about it.
Cannabinoids For Treating Nausea And Vomiting
The two major cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), help to manage nausea. CBD helps to manage nausea by affecting serotonin levels, which is an important neurotransmitter that is responsible for homeostatic functions like appetite, digestion etc. Besides, cannabidiol is useful as it influences the CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and these receptors are associated with the immune system; nausea and vomiting are immune system reflexes as well. THC helps in managing nausea by stimulating the CB1 receptors of the ECS. These receptors are also present in the gastrointestinal tract and when these receptors are activated, it stimulates appetite also.
Using CBD And THC Combination For Nausea And Vomiting
It is obvious from studies that both CBD and THC helps to manage nausea and vomiting in their own respective ways and a combination of both is a better option than using them individually. Besides, CBD also helps to negate the undesirable effect of THC i.e. its psychotropic effects like producing high, paranoia, mood change, confusion etc. The best CBD ratio for nausea with THC is 1:1 and this ratio is already used in the drug Sativex which is used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. This is also proven useful in managing nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy.
The use of CBD for nausea relief, as well as the 1:1 combination of CBD and THC for severe conditions, is a welcome change for many patients. This is especially true for those suffering from chronic pain conditions and the effects of chemotherapy treatments. In both cases, severe nausea and vomiting causes weight loss and decreased or no appetite. In such cases, it is ideal to begin with a low dose and then slowly increase until you arrive at the optimal dosage that gives the maximum effect. You can also try the combination where there is a higher ratio of CBD compared to THC. After all, this depends on personal preferences and requirements.