Medical Marijuana and Cachexia
Symptoms of Cachexia and Wasting
Loss of weight serves as the most visible symptom of cachexia and wasting. Other symptoms only show up periodically. For example, the patient’s failure to develop an appetite becomes most apparent at mealtime. During that same period, the patient might also demonstrate another telltale symptom: an unexpected change in the sense of taste.
Some of the symptoms reflect biochemical changes within the patient’s body system. If the cachexia and wasting reflects the presence of a congested heart, the patient’s microfibrillar proteins will exhibit a marked degree of degradation. If the cachexia and wasting has resulted from development of a malignancy (cancer), the body proteins, along with the body energy will enter a state of imbalance.
What else could it be?
Frequently, the loss of weight experienced by the victim of cachexia and wasting gets compared to the sorts of changes that the body experiences when it has been deprived of nourishment. Yet there is a noteworthy difference between starvation and cachexia and wasting. The former disorder results from a loss of adipose tissue. The latter disorder reflects a wasting-away of skeletal muscle tissues.
A wide array of different diseases can cause the symptoms associated with cachexia and wasting. Cancer patients, for instance, often display such symptoms. Victims of HIV or AIDS tend to be extremely thin and wasted. Patients with a congested heart, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease sometimes appear to be wasting away.
The wasting away of the muscles can also trigger appearance of another symptom. That symptom shows up mostly in patients with COPD. Such patients have trouble breathing because the muscles that should be moving their lungs are not as strong as they should be.
Extreme loss of weight does not have to be associated with wasting. A patient might lose weight because he or she has mouth sores, a profound case of food intolerance or a case of intestinal hyper motility. Pyoric stenosis and hiatus hernia can also be a cause of weight loss.
How Medical Marijuana helps treat Cachexia and Wasting?
The patient that has suffered with cachexia and wasting needs to adapt normal eating habits. The steps used to encourage the adaption of such habits ought to be one that prevents development of unwanted eating disorders. Often, if a confirmed dieter has been forced to eat more healthful meals, he or she will try using strange and dangerous eating patterns.
By using MM, the physician that must treat a victim of cachexia and wasting can lower the chances for experimentation with such dangerous eating patterns. Utilization of MM causes the patient to relax and actually enjoy the chance to savor the foods at a meal. Consequently, things like binge eating have less of a tendency to disrupt or shape the lifestyle of the patient that is recovering from cachexia and wasting.
Utilization of MM can also be used to overcome the patient’s feeling of fatigue. It works to get the body more in balance, so that it feels more ready to tackle daily tasks. Once the muscles get moving, the muscular tissues no longer exhibit the strong tendency to waste away.
Why Medical Marijuana teats Cachexia and Wasting better than Alternative Treatments?
The parent that has tried forcing a child to eat his or her vegetables should find it easy to understand the way that MM does a better job than alternative strategies for treating patients that suffer with cachexia and wasting. Such patients do not want to be forced to eat lots of food in order to get the proper amount of nutrition.
Eating a meal should be a pleasant experience. A child starts to eat vegetables if he or she gets served tasty dishes that contain vegetables. In the same way, an extremely thin person will welcome the chance to eat more when he or she can do so in a relaxed manner. Use of MM helps a person to become more relaxed.
Use of MM also helps a person to gain a bit more energy. That represents another way that MM can do what alternative treatments cannot. As a thin person gains weight, he or she needs to engage in moderate exercise, so that any extra calories taken in will not get stored as fat. The absence of such an approach can lead to unwanted weight gain, as so often occurs when patients recover from conditions such as anorexia nervosa.