Over the years, alternative medicine has become a popular approach to relieving everything from back pain to depression. Aromatherapy, acupuncture, crystal therapy and many more are common replacements to the traditional doctor’s office visit. Another method of alternative healing is medicinal cannabis.
History of cannabis as a medicine for cancer•First reported medical use > 3000 years ago•Siberian Ice Maiden: 5thcentury BC•Traditional Indian medicine•Analgesic, sedative, anxiolytic, appetite Introduced into UK by O’Shaughnessy in 1842
Cannabis is well known to assist in nausea and vomiting, two symptoms of gastritis. THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid within the cannabis plant, has been prescribed since the 1980s for the treatment of nausea, and is often employed to combat it after bouts of chemotherapy. Its effectiveness is believed to be linked to how the cannabinoids effect centres within the brain, that control both nausea and vomiting.