Whether the side effect of a disease – certain cancers, intestinal and digestive system disorders, cystic fibrosis – or the side effect of the treatment for a disease – medications, chemotherapy, epilepsy drugs – nausea and a loss of appetite can be just as damaging as the disease itself.
Our bodies rely on proper nutrients for regular functioning, for healing, for repair and for growth. When those nutrients are difficult to take in (or to keep in), increased suffering is likely to ensue.
Television shows, the experiences of others and history have demonstrated cannabis’s ability to increase a user’s appetite… but what about CBD? Could the all-natural compound, relatively free of side effects help combat the nausea, vomiting and limited appetite associated with specific drugs and diseases?
The science is promising! It’s also far from new.
Back in the 1970’s and 80’s before the development of “modern” anti-nausea drugs, CBD was widely studied for its anti-emetic (vomiting) properties. Then, when new treatments were introduced, the research was waylaid, paused and put on the back burner, in simple terms.
The pharmaceutical industry had an interest in promoting more profitable options, and pushed forward in supporting those initiatives instead of opting for the more natural option.
Recently, this has started to change.
One study – of many human trials – published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, found that cannabinoids – like CBD – may be more effective than standard anti-emetics in treating difficult to control, or difficult to treat – vomiting and appetite problems in both children and adults.
CBD may work on the same receptors as traditional treatments, being similarly effective without all the negative side effects. The term promising may be an understatement for both suffering patients and medical professionals.
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