Nausea & Medical Marijuana

Nausea is a sickening feeling, usually associated with a gastrointestinal disorder.  Nausea and vomiting are meant to be a protective response - to avoid ingestion of potentially harmful substances.   In a nauseous reaction, signals are sent to the brain from body receptors with the message that food should be rejected, in response to an infection, physical stress or other perceived threats.


"I don't know why you call it morning sickness, because I was sick all day and night!"

--  Soleil Moon Frye


Nausea is also accompanied by :

  • Food poisoning
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Drugs
  • Pregnancy
  • PMS
  • Inner ear disorder
  • Stress and depression
  • Motion - transport by auto and boat
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Chemotherapy

Marijuana and Nausea

Cannabis has long been known to limit or prevent nausea and vomiting from a variety of causes.

With the discovery of the body's own endocannabinoid system, Cannabinoids, components of Medical Cannabis offer novel ways to regulate both nausea and vomiting.  Medical Marijuana and its derivatives are now commonly prescribed by California Physicians to treat Nausea.  While not all forms of Cannabis are suitable for all, most patients report relief with few undesirable side effects.

Pharmaceuticals and Nausea - No Walk in the Park

Common pharmaceuticals prescribed to treat nausea include promethazine, metoclopramide and ondansetron. While these drugs can be effective for some, side effects are a very serious concern.


  • "Stop using promethazine and call your doctor at once if you have twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs. These could be early signs of dangerous side effects."
  • "High doses or long-term use of metoclopramide can cause a serious movement disorder that may not be reversible."
  • "Ondansetron common side effects include confusion, dizziness, elevated heartbeat, fever
  • "Headache, shortness of breath, weakness, plus thirty other side effects!"

MMJDOCTORONLINE Notes:  If you have questions about Medical Cannabis and your condition and symptoms, feel free to request a consultation with of one of our California Medical Marijuana Physicians online.  We also provide 420 evaluations and Medical Marijuana Cards that are accepted by any licensed Medical Marijuana Dispensary in the State of California.

Further Reading 

Regulation of nausea and vomiting by Cannabinoids

Preclinical research indicates that Cannabinoids, including CBD, may be effective clinically for treating both nausea and vomiting produced by chemotherapy or other therapeutic treatments.

Regulation of nausea and vomiting by Cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system

A review  of recent progress in understanding the regulation of nausea and vomiting by Cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system, and the utilization of the endocannabinoid system in the treatment of nausea.

Cannabidiol, a non-psychotropic component of Cannabis, attenuates vomiting and nausea

Study results suggest that CBD produced anti-nausea effects by indirect activation of receptors.

Cannabidiol, suppress nausea in an experimental model with rats

This study concludes that cannabidiol, a major non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in Marijuana and its synthetic homolog interferes with nausea induced in rats.  These results suggest that Cannabinoids without psychoactive side-effects may have massive therapeutic value in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea.

Efficacy and safety of a Cannabis extract in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

CBM, a whole plant Cannabis extract, was found to be well tolerated and provide better protection against Chemo induced vomiting.


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