Nausea and vomiting are defense mechanisms for the human body, and although a short bout can be exhausting, it can also be very relieving. However, when nausea and vomiting are chronic, it drastically reduces ones quality of life.
So how does nausea work? Well, nausea is a non-specific symptom, and that means it could have many causes. But essentially there are two centers in the brain that can trigger nausea symptoms. The CTZ is an area of the brain that sends signals to the digestive system when we have eaten something dangerous or poisonous that our body feels must be expelled. Other times we may also get nauseous due to an inner ear imbalance.
Diagnosing the source of nausea is often very difficult, and because of this, many patients deal with nausea on a regular basis. Many patients suffering from nausea have found cannabis to be a valuable treatment in managing this symptom, and research is deducing this relief to cannabinoid content. CBD actually interacts with serotonin releasing receptors which in small doses has shown to reduce nausea and vomiting. Also, when THC binds with specific CB1 receptors in the brain, it also helps to reduce vomiting. Also, the well known uplifting properties of THC are another helpful benefit in times of chronic nausea.
To reap these benefits, I would suggest trying a strain with 1:1 CBD to THC ratio. Unfortunately, products such as edibles and capsules may be hard for someone to ingest if they are experiencing chronic nausea, and if vomiting occurs, the benefits of the cannabis will go down the toilet.
Cara Wietstock is a native Californian living in Washington state with almost a decade of budtender experience and even more stoner experience. While she's not pontificating on the current state of cannabis for Roottie, she is practicing yoga, sipping CBD infused teas and hiking through the Pacific Northwest.