Are the active ingredients in marijuana able to reduce the phenomena of lack of appetite and excessive weight loss in cancer patients? Recent research shows that there is a lot to suggest. The problem of loss of appetite and significant weight loss is very common among patients suffering from various neoplastic diseases. This is a side effect of both the disease itself and its treatment.
Among other things, chemotherapy disrupts the normal functioning of the sense of taste and smell of patients, so that they do not feel any desire to eat, and eating even their favorite dishes is not pleasant for them. Moreover, the disease can make patients feel disgusted and disgusted with certain foods. Some patients even say that the mere smell of even meat literally makes them sick. This is a much bigger and more serious problem than it might seem at first glance. Patients stop eating properly, which drastically reduces their body weight, and the body stops functioning fully. This, in turn, causes the treatment to be less effective, which significantly reduces the patient's chances of survival.
Currently, the diet for each patient is usually determined individually, taking full account of his needs and physical conditions. Some hope for a solution to this problem, however, is provided by the latest research conducted by a group of Canadian scientists. They selected 21 adult patients who were undergoing or recently discontinued chemotherapy. Each patient was given a special capsule to be taken twice a day.
Some people took capsules containing THC - the active ingredient in marijuana - while the other half received a regular placebo. The entire experiment lasted 18 days, and after its completion, very interesting results were obtained. It turned out that in the group of patients taking THC capsules, the appetite increased significantly in most people and the problem of anorexia decreased.
However, patients taking placebo did not show such changes, and the difficulties with their nutrition remained at the same level as in other patients. This shows that medical marijuana may be an effective solution to such problems, which would undoubtedly represent a revolution in the field of cancer treatment.