Cachexia / Wasting Syndrome
Cachexia, also known as wasting syndrome, is a syndrome often involved in cancer that primarily causes ongoing muscle loss. There are many consequences of this, including:
- Gut barrier dysfunction
- Decreased protein synthesis
- Muscle weakness
- Insulin resistance
- Energy loss
Cachexia is divided into three main stages: Pre-cachexia, Cachexia, and refractory cachexia, with muscle loss getting worse at each stage. Unfortunately, there aren’t many Cachexia treatment methods that are proven to work. But, marijuana is a way to ease Cachexia symptoms. With general benefits like pain and anxiety reduction, as well as specific Cachexia symptom relief, CBD for Cachexia is a great way to manage it.
Cachexia Treatment & Symptoms
There are limited available options for treating Cachexia symptoms. The most common ones sufferers face are fatigue, appetite loss, inflammation, anemia, and muscle wasting. Not eating paired with muscle wasting also often leads to weight loss. Sufferers struggle to walk, function, and do day-to-day activities. That can lead to further mental tolls in the form of anxiety and depression. Appetite stimulants have been tested as potential treatments, but often have negative side effects that cause more harm to physical health. Marijuana for Cachexia/wasting syndrome is shown to be the safest option for managing effects. It reduces pain, inflammation, anxiety, and, most importantly, increases appetite.
Marijuana & Cachexia
The primary way marijuana helps Cachexia management is through appetite increase. Victims’ loss of appetite, when paired with muscle degeneration, is a recipe for heavy, unhealthy weight loss. Cannabis naturally increases users’ appetites, so Cachexia patients can eat more and combat the muscle degeneration effects. As a bonus, there are many mental benefits to Cachexia treatment with marijuana. Cannabis is shown to have a relaxation effect that reduces anxiety and depression. Since many Cachexia patients suffer from these, this will greatly improve their quality of life. Strains high in THC and low in CBD are shown to be the most effective to get these results.
Get Your Medical Marijuana Card
As Cachexia falls under the 18 qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Arkansas, as well as the qualifying conditions for Missouri, patients who suffer from it can legally get marijuana to help their Cachexia. You can start by filling out the certification form on our site. Then, we can set you up with a virtual doctor appointment, where you can get recommended for a medical marijuana card. From there, you can submit an application to your state and hopefully be approved to use CBD for your Cachexia soon. Let us know if you have any questions about the process. We want your road to medical marijuana to be easy.