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Using CBD for Nausea, what the Research Says

CBD for Nausea

As with many claims in the emergent CBD field, more research is needed on many of the ailments CBD is being used for before any conclusive claims regarding the efficacy of CBD can be made. However, some claims about using CBD to combat nausea have emerged, especially within the context of cancer treatment. The Soulsome CBD101 guide takes a deeper dive into using CBD for nausea and how it can benefit people suffering from nausea, as well as the possible side effects.

Can I use CBD to control queasiness, nausea and vomiting? 

At least one early study from 2011 has indicated that cannabinoids have proved effective in controlling nausea and vomiting. There also seems to be a long history (several centuries) of using the cannabis plant to prevent nausea and vomiting. More recently, chemotherapy-induced nausea became the subject of medical research and review in the 1970 and 1980s, with researchers investigating the anti-emetic properties of cannabinoids as a way to attenuate vomiting and nausea specifically for this group of patients.

Another promising piece of research demonstrated the efficacy of treating nausea and vomiting in children with cannabis-based medicines. This 1995 study evaluated the anti-emetic effectiveness of Δ8-THC, a close but less psychoactive cannabinoid relative of Δ9-THC, in children receiving chemotherapy treatment. Children we’re given the cannabinoid in oil form before the start of chemotherapy treatment and every six hours thereafter for a period of 24 hours. After 480 treatments, the only reported side effects in the Abrahamov et al. study were two reports of slight irritability in two of the youngest children (3.5 and 4 years old, respectively), while both acute and delayed nausea and vomiting were well controlled.

These studies suggest that cannabis-based medicines seem to have an impact in the area of nausea and vomiting, especially when used to control chemotherapy-induced nausea. 

What is the best type of CBD for nausea?

The research seems to indicate that the most important cannabinoid in controlling nausea and vomiting is likely to be THC. So, when selecting CBD for nausea and vomiting, it makes sense to opt for a full-spectrum CBD oil like Soulsome’s cold-pressed CBD oil, which can harness the entourage effect and use the powerful benefits of this effect to manage the vomiting and nausea. In short, full-spectrum CBD oils are a good option for helping with feeling queasy, with nausea, and vomiting. One additional benefit of using a CBD product for nausea is that it can also help to stimulate appetite a helpful side-effect for anyone struggling to keep food down in a chemotherapy context or in general.

Soulsome’s cold-pressed CBD oil is made mechanically, without chemicals, additives, or alcohol in order to extract the essential hemp oils from the raw hemp flowers. This process guarantees that no toxic chemistry or alcohol residues will be present in your CBD oil, another step in ensuring the purity of Soulsome. Cold-pressing means that Soulsome is extracted from hemp the same way your favorite olive oil is extracted from the raw olive fruit, or your favorite cold-pressed juice is extracted from the parent fruits. By keeping things simple and clean, Soulsome ensures the highest quality oil, free from contaminants and pure–the way all full-spectrum CBD oils should be.

How else can I manage Nausea?

For folks struggling with nausea, there are a few simple things you can do to help manage nausea before you decide to take CBD. Try some of the following to find what works best for you.

  • If you experience nausea between meals try to avoid this by having regular snacks throughout the day in order to keep something in your stomach. Try to keep the snacks healthy like a fruit smoothie, trail mix, fresh fruits, and vegatables.
  • If you are in chemotherapy, try to eat a light meal or snack on a treatment day before your treatment session.
  • Bland foods like crackers and bread can sometimes be easier to eat than foods with strong flavors and smells.
  • Foods to avoid might include fried foods, very fatty foods, and spicy foods.
  • Try eating small amounts of foods that are high in calories may be easier to eat to keep your energy up.
  • One “lesson learned” tip is to avoid eating your favorite foods when you have nausea. Sometimes, when you eat foods you like when you are feeling nauseous you may start to find them unappealing due to the association of eating them when you are feeling sick.
  • If food is served cold or just below room temperature it doesn’t smell or taste as strongly as hot food. 
  • Keep sipping on liquids throughout your day in order to stay hydrated.
  • Sucking sweets or candy may also help. Suck a piece of pleasant-smelling and tasting hard candy like a mint or lemon drop to remove any bad taste in your mouth. 
  • If you have mouth sores, avoid tart-tasting sweets if possible.
  • If you are in chemotherapy treatment do tell your treatment team about nausea as there are some medications available that can assist with nausea.
  • Rest, sit or meditate quietly for a while after each meal.

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