We are all familiar with the stomach-turning perils of nausea and vomiting. Most people have experienced a bad hangover, a stomach bug, motion sickness, or a form of medication that induces nausea. 

Of course, some people suffer far more aggressive forms of nausea – caused by things like cancer chemotherapy, HIV/AIDs treatment, or gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s disease.  Chronic pain, anxiety, ulcers, and gallbladder disease are other frequent causes of nausea while pregnant women often experience a particularly harsh form of nausea.

But did you know that plain old regular cannabis can be used to treat nausea? 

Yes, believe it or not, several studies have indicated that medical marijuana can be useful in helping to combat nausea and vomiting. 

Medical marijuana has been shown to possess a powerful antiemetic effect – helping to reduce nausea significantly. Additionally, medical cannabis comes without the many nasty side-effects of pharmaceutical antiemetics that help to cause nausea. 

 

The Science Behind the Effect of Medical Cannabis on Nausea 

 

Given the growing evidence of cannabis efficacy as a treatment for nausea, several medical professionals now advocate using the antiemetic properties of cannabis to treat nausea – but how does it work?

Human and animal studies have shown that manipulation of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) can successfully prevent nausea. 

It is now known that the cannabinoid receptors CB-1 and CB-2 in the Gastrointestinal system are responsible for experiencing nausea. A system called 5-HT is involved in producing the vomiting reflex.

There is evidence to suggest that medical marijuana allows the CB-1 or 5HT-1A antagonism to dominate. Thus, manipulating the endocannabinoid system with cannabinoids is now thought to be highly effective for treating nausea.

The cannabinoids THC and CBD work together, with a few terpenes (through the Entourage effect), by acting on both types of cannabinoid receptors and reducing the functionality of the 5-HT system. This, in turn, helps to reduce the symptoms of chronic nausea.

The Linalool terpene also seems to reduce nausea and vomiting by acting on the 5-HT system – specifically by inhibiting the 5-HT3 receptor. The Limonene terpene is also known to prevent nausea and anxiety as well as reducing gastric reflux and heartburn.

While many people continue to use the indica/sativa binary model when discussing the effects of cannabis, the variety of cannabinoids and terpenes present in a strain seems to hold the answer as to why different strains have varying effects on specific conditions.

With that being said, how do you know which cannabis strain makes for the best medical cannabis when used as a treatment for nausea?

Well, to help you on your way, we have compiled a list of some of the best strains for nausea that are thought to be particularly useful in combating nausea and vomiting:

 

Durban Poison

 

Durban Poison is an energising sativa strain known for its wide array of medicinal properties. It is particularly known for reducing symptoms of nausea, increasing appetite, and soothing pain in the digestive tract. For cancer patients undertaking chemotherapy, this strain is thought to be highly effective in combating nausea. Durban Poison contains plenty of the myrcene, pinene and caryophyllene terpenes, making it an effective strain for treating nausea.

 

Sour Diesel

 

A popular sativa from the diesel strain family, Sour Diesel is often used to increase appetite and can provide an almost instant relief from severe nausea. Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy have been known to use Sour Diesel. This sour strain comes with an average to high THC level of around 15-20%. Sour Diesel is dominated by the myrcene, limonene and caryophyllene terpenes and contains a modicum of linalool – a great terpene profile for soothing nausea.

 

Blue Dream

 

A 50/50 hybrid strain of sativa and indica, Blue Dream is an excellent option for relieving nausea and vomiting at day or night. It is also fantastic for the immediate relief of stress, anxiety, and pain – if those are the causes of your chronic nausea. Linalool and pinene dominate Blue Dream’s terpene profile, making it another great strain for nausea.

 

Lavender

 

Named because of its floral scent, this marijuana strain is indica-dominant with a high THC level. It makes for an excellent treatment of chronic pain and relieving nausea. This is a great medical marijuana strain for a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy. It is highly effective against nausea in cancer patients, even in very low doses. Lavender contains a wide range of terpenes, including caryophyllene, myrcene, pinene, linalool and limonene. They work together to make this strain great at combatting nausea.

 

Blueberry

 

A popular hybrid, Blueberry, is a delicious fruity strain that tastes much as the name would suggest. After decades of perfecting the cultivation process, this marijuana strain induces a deep sense of relaxation, helping to prevent nausea as well as relieving chronic pain. Thanks to its rich aroma and taste, Blueberry is an increasingly popular cannabis strain for nausea. Blueberry’s top terpenes are caryophyllene, humulene and myrcene – perfect for soothing sickness.

All of these strains of medical marijuana have strong antiemetic properties that are thought to be effective in helping to relieve the symptoms of nausea and vomiting, bypassing the side-effects of their pharmaceutical counterparts. 

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