Treating Nausea with Medical Cannabis
The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex network that plays a vital role in the central nervous system. It helps to regulate everything from reproduction through to metabolism and even how we experience pain.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, has over 100 cannabinoids. These are natural, chemical compounds that mimic endocannabinoids in the human body. Two of these cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) have been shown to be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of nausea and vomiting1.
We experience nausea when the brain produces a hormone called serotonin that binds to receptors in the digestive system. The antiemetic (anti-sickness) drug ondansetron works by blocking the serotonin receptors. CBD works in a similar way to ondansetron, interacting with serotonin receptors to relieve nausea.
Ondansetron has been reported to have some nasty side effects including anxiety, severe itching, headache, fever, constipation, fatigue, heart rate irregularities, eye disorders, joint pain, skin hives, and ironically, nausea and vomiting.
If you experience any of these side effects, or even if you want to try another way to address your nausea and vomiting, medical cannabis may be a suitable option for you.
Ondansetron is more commonly known by its commercial product names, which we are not legally permitted to state here due to medical/therapeutic advertising regulations. For more information on Ondansetron and its effects, as well as a list of the more commonly used product names you may know it by, please click here