Disease Profile

Cachexia develops as sufferers experience severe weight loss without exuberating efforts to do so. It is also referred to as “wasting syndrome” and due to the extreme loss of appetite and body mass, those with cachexia face daily struggles of fatigue, depression, nausea, lethargy, and an overall destitute quality of life. Furthermore, its progressive onset is most often diagnosed as an underlying symptom of cancer, AIDS, or multiple sclerosis.

The Role Of Cannabis

Due to its dependent nature, the cure of cachexia ties directly into the underlying cause of the syndrome itself. Treatment typically involves various forms of appetite-inducing stimulants, mainly relying on pharmaceutical medication prescribed by a physician. Upon further research, experts are now suggesting cannabis be used as an adequate and natural alternative to previous attempts of cures. Cannabinoids, the organic chemical compounds liable for the healing properties of marijuana, come to merge with the same endocannabinoid receptors found throughout the human brain and body. These endocannabinoids regulate different body systems including mood, memory, pain, and appetite. Many pharmaceuticals used as medications are simply synthetic replicas of medical cannabinoids.

Whereas reports of pharmaceutical therapy is less successful in the treatment of cachexia, many patients are seeking natural relief in the use of medicinal cannabis. This can be also tied into consumption methods, where swift relief is provided through smoking or vaporizing over waiting on a pill to be processed through the gastrointestinal tract.

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