While most people use cannabis to experience its intoxicating effects, the interest its medical use is growing. Additional research leads to decriminalization and decriminalization encourages more research. It’s a beautiful cycle. One of the emerging areas of interest in medical marijuana involves CBD for nausea.
CBD shows real promise for treating nausea, vomiting, and other ailments. Because of this, new cannabis consumers are turning to CBD to bring them relief. It’s easy to see why so many people are interested in the topic.
Here’s what you need to know about using CBD for nausea.
As we’ve discussed here at 420 Pony before, cannabis contains more than 60 different compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are molecules that produce an effect on the human body. Some of them work on other animals too. THC is a cannabinoid with psychoactive, intoxicating effects. It’s brother CBD, however, is a different story.
CBD’s grown up name is cannabidiol. While both CBD and THC present in cannabis and both affect the body, CBD isn’t intoxicating or psychoactive. We hear the most about CBD and THC because these are two of the compounds present in cannabis in the highest concentrations.
Every strain, and in fact every plant, contains different levels of CBD and THC. Recreational smokers desire strong, heady cannabis chocked full of THC. It’s the stuff message board legend is made of. Consequently, it’s been a race to the top of the THC percentage for years now.
Growers are starting to focus on plants with high CBD levels, however. The reason for this shift in the market has to do with the interest in CBD and other cannabis compounds as a way to treat all kinds of malaise.
When a medical professional is ready to prescribe cannabis to a patient, they often want the medicine without the intoxication. Whether this is warranted or not, CBD heavy cannabis delivers the healing without the heady vibes.
Why Is CBD So Chill?
THC engages with different pathways in the brain than CBD does. THC acts on CB1 receptors, which are very present and concentrated in the human brain. CBD doesn’t appear to attach to CB1 or CB2 receptors. How is it working at all?
Some research suggests that CBD operates in the body by supporting an enzyme called anandamide that is naturally present in the body.
Scientists have suggested that CBD doesn’t impact motor function or produce psychological effects and have gone as far as to identify it as a safe substance.
Medicinal Uses For CBD
According to an article published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in 2013, CBD produces a wide range of medical benefits.
- CBD is an Antiemetic, which means it alleviates nausea and vomiting.
- Tremors and seizures are suppressed by the anticonvulsant properties of CBD.
- CBD has Antipsychotic effects that counteract some psychological disorders.
- It is a natural Anti-inflammatory that reduces swelling and irritation in the body.
- CBD is also Anti-oxidant and therefore useful treating neurodegenerative conditions
- Cannabidiol is a cancer fighter that attacks tumors and cancer cells.
- Without any intoxicating effects, CBD works as an Anti-depressant to alleviate anxiety and depressive disorders.
At this point, most of the studies involve animals and not humans. Hopefully that will also start changing.
Using CBD For Nausea And Vomiting
The body’s vast network of cannabinoid receptors regulate nausea and vomiting. In particular, CBD activates Serotonin to relieve nausea.
Serotonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter found in the central nervous system, the blood, and the GI system. It regulates some of the body’s functions as well as abstract things like mood, hormone production, sleep, perception, and even appetite. It’s chemical name is 5-hydroxytryptamiine-1A (5-HT1A) which you will never need to know.
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So CBD gets into your body and protects anandamide from degrading fatty acids. It also boosts Serotonin. Both of these things contribute to nausea reduction. The fact that CBD isn’t an intoxicant is good news for its future as a medical treatment.
If you’d like to learn even more, you can read some of the current studies on CBD at Project CBD. There is a lot more information out there for curious minds willing to do some reading.
For now, that’s the quick rundown on CBD for nausea. Hopefully, this helps you or someone you care about. It’s up to all of us to spread the word about the positive effects of cannabis in a simple and informed way.
Have a dank day ’til next time.