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Cannabis and Cancer: When to Smoke for Chemo Induced Vomiting

I survived breast cancer. To fight this cancer, I underwent 8 rounds of chemotherapy. That means I went to an infusion center every two weeks for four and a half months. I want you to stop and think about what happened over the last four months. It’s a long time isn’t it? One thing most people do not understand is the length of treatment fighting cancer. It is a long and arduous regimen with side effects that don’t always go away.

Remember the last time you drank too much? Those appletinis were great going down…but not so much fun coming back up the next day, right? Imagine having a hangover that lasted four months. Yeah, drink it in; it’s hell served up all day, everyday. Luckily there are ways to reduce the chemo hangover. Cannabis and cancer go together like PB&J.

Chemotherapy causes intense nausea and vomiting. The first thing cancer patients ask me about is, “what medical marijuana do I take to stop throwing up?” Great question, there are many forms of medical marijuana that help control nausea and vomiting (I will follow up on that in another post), but the first thing I tell my fellow cancer patient is WHEN to use medical marijuana. To help you understand, I have created a handy ten-point scale to break down the stages of chemo nausea.

The best time to use medical pot during chemo is the moment you start to feel sick. Escalating from level 2 to level 4 nausea can happen in less than 5 minutes, and if you wait to smoke until after you have ralphed it will take more marijuana to get your tummy under control and longer till it is settled. Do not hesitate if something feels amiss. Frankly, just stay stoned in general, this is a terrible time, and no one should judge you for being sick and lying down while puffing away on a vape pen to avoid tossing your cookies. Trust me, I’m a doctor that survived this nightmare journey.

Need medical marijuana for the side effects of chemotherapy? Come on down to Torrey Holistics. San Diego’s finest legal cannabis dispensary.

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