Marijuana for Nausea

My daughter has gastroparesis for a couple of year . In a period of 18 months she was hospitalized 26 times. She has been poked and prodded by close to 100 doctors, none of which had any answers, her prominent presenting problems were nausea and vomiting. Because it was the only thing that would bring relief she would put her fingers in her throat to induce the vomiting. Many of the nurses and docs who witnessed this were rightfully concerned about the damage being done but many were visibly disgusted. Some even told her that they wouldn't give her drugs until she stopped. One said because she was doing this to herself, he wouldn't treat her. All of these medical people knew she was using marijuana to help with her nausea. They did not know however that it was making her sicker. The more she felt sick the more she smoked (it worked short term). After one doctor told her she might be reacting negatively to the pot she quit. This was 5 months ago and she hasn't been to the ER since, she still deals with the nausea but it is controllable with meds and it seems to be getting better. I'm NOT saying that anyone should stop doing whatever works for them but for some people marijuana might be exacerbating the problem. It's called Cannabanoid hyper emisis Syndrome. Good luck to all of you. I have read your stories and am humbled by your courage and resilience.

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I have heard that also and that is why I am afraid to try it, I wish I could and have success, but with all the problems that I have I just can't take the chance of making things worse.

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I was prescribed Marinol (which is the legal, pill form of the active substance in marijuana) for my nausea and vomiting. It has been in use by physicians since 1985 and has well documented that nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain can be common side effects in some people--even though it is prescribed for nausea and vomiting.
My experience was that I would feel extremely nauseous for about an hour after taking Marinol, then feel good for about 5 or 6 hours, and then it was time to take another pill (since it is used twice a day, before meals). I ended up stopping it because of that one hour of nausea and abdominal pain.

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I have had very good luck with marijuana over the past month or so. I was only just prescribed Tramadol, so for a several weeks, using a vaporizer was the only way I was able to function. I think it also helped me to keep eating a little longer, which helped to slow my weight loss. I just started Reglan today, so hopefully things will get better and I won't need marijuana as much, but it was a real lifesaver for me.

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My sister, who passed away nearly 3 years ago, smoked marijuana (I never told her I knew as I didn't want to embarrass her) and she told the person who brought it to her that it helped her more than anything else. I guess it's good for some, and not good for others. I wish you all comfort and freedom from suffering.

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i live in california where medical marijuana cards are very easy to get so access would not be a problem. I asked my motility specialist about the marijuana drops as a form of treatment and he said no (had friends us it for cancer).. it causes nausea in dismotility .. so that was the end of that option..

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Hi, I am newly diagnosed with idiopathic GP, and marijuana has been a big help in getting me back to normal and functional. I am not sure why someone's doc told them it causes increased nausea, as I have found it to be a big help whenever I am nauseated and my stomach is throbbing with pain. However, I smoke it, not take it in a pill, and I Marinol isn't the same as it doesn't have all the active ingredients of marijuana. I live in Oregon where medical marijuana is legal, and I thank God for my ability to get this important herbal medicine, which I take several times daily in addition to domperidone 10 mg 4 times daily. This, with a soft digestible diet has reduced my overall nausea and pain from severe to mild, and reduced how often I feel sick. The side effect of marijuana is good appetite, and it has helped me start feeling hungry for the first time in months. I'm so grateful for how much it helps as I suffered with no real relief before that. My doctor knows I smoke marijuana and she disapproves but only for ethical/moral reasons, it appears, as she has not given me any reason why I should not use it. If people would stop being prudish about an herbal remedy that is safe and effective for many people, we would not be persecuted and looked down on for using it.

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Smoking a small amount of marijuana will not cause this. It is smoking a lot of marijuana that does. Both my GI doc and my motility specialist asked me how much marijuana I smoke (I think because I live in the Emerald Triangle of Northern CA, they just assumed I must smoke pot), and told me that if you smoke too much pot you can get a vomiting syndrome from it.
However, in small amounts it can be very helpful for nausea- which is why so many GP patients are prescribed marinol (which is synthetic THC, I believe) to help them with their nausea, vomiting and appetite (and also chemotherapy patients).
Unfortunately it can be very hard to determine what is "a lot" and what isn't. I recently had literally one puff of medical marijuana and practically went into a coma. My husband was very concerned about me and almost called an ambulance because I could hardly respond to him even an hour or two after taking it. It may be that it interacted with my other meds or something- but it is certainly NOT something I ever want to try again.
The medical marijuana of today has been so hybridized that it is extremely strong and powerful, and one problem with medical marijuana is quality control.

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This appears to be the exact same post from several months ago. Once again marijuana has been shown to increase grehlin levels a protein needed for gastric emptying. The USDA, NIH and others have all done studies showing its efficacy in prevention and treatment of nasea. Many people use it and it is helpful. Like all drugs response will vary by individual. However, side effects are mild compared to drugs such as Vicodin, promethiziene etc most GP Pateints take. Always follow your local laws, know the source of your marijuana (do not assume a coop for medical marijuana is pure as many by street drugs), know the strain and strength and vaporize rather then smoke. Research all your drugs before taking on pubmed. Quit causing panic.

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If I didn't use daily I'd be in big trouble. It absolutely helped give me my life back. I've had idiopathic gastroparesis for 10 years I've only been smoking for 5-6. 5-6 years ago I weighed 85-95 lbs now I weigh anywhere from 115-118. So it works for me...doesn't mean it will for her. Heck, I'm highly allergic to zofran which is a fantastic anti-nausea med. My GI has told me that marijuana seems to affect people with cyclic vomiting syndrome with worse symptoms..that's all I know.

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I take Marinol (which contains THC, the active ingredient in marijuana) for my chronic nausea/vomiting... it helps somewhat (have yet to find anything that really controls it to the point of stopping it) but I feel much better on the Marinol than I did before it was prescribed to me. My dosage is 5mg three times a day. I also take domperidone 30mg 4 times a day for my "idiopathic" GP (I put it in quotes because I developed GP immediately following a laparoscopic cholesystectomy and am absolutely convinced that the surgeon nicked an extension of the vagus nerve which has caused me 14 months of utter chronic nausea/vomiting/weight loss/dehydration/stomach pain, etc...). I think Marinol is a perfectly acceptable alternative to smoking pot if you're living in a state where it's not legal to purchase as a chronically ill patient.

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