Alternatives to medical marijuana
There are several drugs that have been developed by researchers over the years that use some of the same chemicals found in marijuana and replicate the effects the plant has on the body. Cannabinoid drugs, as they’re called, can similarly reduce nausea and vomiting and increase patients’ appetites especially when they’re suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy. While cannabinoid drugs may be easier to control, they still have the possibility of negative side effects. Some patients report increased heart rate, decreased blood pressure, and dizziness or light headedness. These side effects also tend to be worse in patients who have a preexisting history of mental illness.