While many people are looking for ways to suppress their appetite, some people need to stimulate their appetite. Not all strains of medical cannabis will increase appetite, but many will. Here are three conditions that medical marijuana may help improve appetite.
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome is a result of being infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus.) One of the common symptoms of this disease is wasting syndrome. Wasting syndrome occurs when a person loses 10 percent or more of their body weight, particularly muscle. In addition to weight loss, the person often suffers from chronic diarrhea and fatigue.
When a person has AIDS, they may be depressed. Doctors also suspect the virus affects the way the body metabolizes food. Additionally, researchers think the body burns calories faster than normal, as the immune system is trying desperately to fight opportunistic infections. Other bodily changes may prevent the intestines from absorbing nutrients properly.
Without proper nutrition, the body cannot work as efficiently as it normally does. Medical marijuana strains that stimulate the appetite can be very useful is preventing or counteracting wasting syndrome in AIDS patients.
2. Cancer Treatments
Many cancer treatments adversely affect appetite. For example, chemotherapy often leaves patients extremely nauseous. This can make eating and keeping food down difficult. Radiation can also change the way food tastes. Someone who has oral cancer often receives radiation treatments.
This can destroy or alter taste buds, leaving food tasting bland or bitter. Medical marijuana can't repair the damage done to taste buds or the way a person perceives flavors, but it can stimulate the appetite and ensure patients keep their strength up as they go through treatment by eating properly.
3. Digestive Disorders
Chronic intestinal diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease, can lead to significant weight loss. People with these conditions often become fearful of eating as food tends to run right through them. This is particularly true if they are suffering a flareup, which may be caused by the foods they are eating.
Constant diarrhea leads to exhaustion, malnutrition, and general malaise, creating a vicious circle. There is growing evidence that people with a chronic intestinal disease can benefit from medical marijuana with relatively mild side effects.
Not only can medical marijuana stimulate appetite, but it may provide pain relief or calm the digestive system as well. Medical marijuana may even put the patient into remission, giving them a much-needed reprieve from active disease.
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