Medical Marijuana for Cachexia and Wasting Syndrome
Cachexia and Wasting Syndrome: A Personal Struggle
Your ReThink-Rx™ Doctor Will Help
Cachexia is a debilitating medical condition characterized by muscle wasting and loss of appetite, which can lead to weight loss. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating cachexia, but many patients find relief from symptoms with medical marijuana. This article will explore the use of medical marijuana for cachexia and wasting syndrome.
Keep reading to learn more.
What are Cachexia and Wasting Syndrome?
Cachexia and wasting syndrome are both conditions that are associated with chronic illnesses such as cancer and AIDS. Cachexia is a condition characterized by weight loss, muscle atrophy, and fatigue while wasting syndrome is a condition characterized by the rapid loss of body mass.
What are the Symptoms of Cachexia and Wasting Syndrome?
Cachexia is a weight loss disorder that is common in people with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic illnesses. It is caused by a combination of factors including poor nutrition and muscle wasting. Wasting syndrome is a severe form of cachexia. People with wasting syndrome lose more than 10% of their body weight and have significantly reduced muscle mass.
Symptoms of cachexia and wasting syndrome include:
- Weight loss
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of appetite or inability to eat
- Nausea and vomiting
How Can Medical Marijuana Help with Cachexia and Wasting Syndrome?
Cachexia and wasting syndrome are serious medical conditions that can result in extreme weight loss and muscle weakness. Medical marijuana has been shown to help improve appetite and increase weight in patients with these conditions. It can also help reduce inflammation and pain, which can contribute to cachexia and wasting syndrome.
Side Effects Medical Marijuana Can Cause
Medical marijuana can cause side effects such as dizziness, dry mouth, and impaired thinking. It can also increase the risk of heart attack, especially in those who already have heart problems. Additionally, marijuana can worsen anxiety and depression, and it can also lead to addiction. This is why it’s important to speak to a doctor before beginning medical marijuana treatment.
How to Get Medical Marijuana for Cachexia and Wasting Syndrome
Cachexia and wasting syndrome are conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. To get medical marijuana for these conditions, you will need to get a prescription from a doctor. Once you have a prescription, you can visit a dispensary to buy medical marijuana.
To learn more about how to get medical marijuana in Virginia, contact ReThink-Rx today.