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Nausea of Pregnancy: Marijuana Vs. Antiemetics: It Affects Ten Million PatientsDr. Phillip Leveque Doctor of Pharmacology Salem-News.com
Marijuana wins hands down.
(PORTLAND, OR) - First we must agree on what we're talking about. Nausea and vomiting are caused by maybe a thousand or more diseases and/or conditions. The most prominent cause is nausea and vomiting from pregnancy. About 90 percent of women are victims of this, experiencing minor to severe problems. Queen Victoria of England was the first notable westerner who used marijuana. She had 11 children, which made her an expert on this.
The next most likely patients are migraine sufferers and there are about ten million of them. Many stop the migraines at the first symptoms by using marijuana.
I don't know who it was that discovered that marijuana was effective for the nausea of HIV/AIDs or the medications used for its treatment. I suppose both. Marijuana also works effectively for cachexia or wasting disease, for both HIV/AIDS, but also the nausea and vomiting of cancer or the nausea of cancer chemotherapy. This started in the 1970's and after the 70s, I have a question, How did the doctors know that marijuana would be helpful for those conditions.?
The next subject we must talk about are the standard antiemitic drugs. There are about 10 and probably nine of them may not work in a specific situation. The ones which seem to work best are:
Compezine, Tigan, Reglan, Zofran, Kytril, and Anzemit. Marinol and some other cannibinoids work also, but marijuana inhaled for fast relief is still the best medication, even if some patients must inhale or smoke it constantly, which is a small price to pay for relief. Marijuana cookies, etc., work also but taking them during nausea is a problem.
The first widely used medicine, other than cannabis, was Compazine, which was originally used as an antipsychotic drug. I'll bet the successful use for nausea and vomiting was a real surprise. All of these synthetic drugs have adverse effects which may become severe. They have this even with Marinol, which is a one time dose, but not if marijuana is smoked and titrated to an adequate level for relief.
I have read many articles in the medical literature about the treatment for nausea and vomiting. There are dozens of them and most indicate that marijuana, by inhalation, is the best, fastest and safest medication.
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