Oncology and chemotherapy
In some cases cannabis active ingredients are given to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. They lessen the heavy side effects of many medicines which attack the tumours in the body (Cridge & Rosengren, 2013; Velasco et al., 2012).
Cytostatic-induced nausea and vomiting
A variety of studies, the majority of which date back to the 1970’s and 80’s, prove that cannabinoids are equally or even more effective in the treatment of nausea and vomiting resulting from a course of chemotherapy than the traditional antiemetics of the time (for example phenothiazines such as Prochlorperazine and dopamine antagonists such as Metoclopramid). In addition there is evidence that low-dosed Dronabinol (2 × 2.5 mg) exhibits an additive effect in the case of simultaneous treatment with modern antiemetics. For treating delayed-onset nausea (2-5 days after cytostatics dose), Dronabinol was equally as effective as the antiemetic Ondansetron. Today, cannabinoids are generally considered as an alternative medicine for cytostatic-induced nausea and vomiting.
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