Cachexia is a condition in which a patient will undergo excessive weight loss, muscle loss and fat loss. This condition is often secondary to another disease like Anorexia, HIV/AIDS and cancer. Cachexia can occur in elderly patients with no known underlying causes. The effects of cachexia include inability to concentrate, fatigue, depression and overall diminished quality of life.
The primary use of Medical Marijuana in treating Cachexia is its ability to stimulate appetite, resulting in increased caloric (food) intake. It can also reduce vomiting and nausea and improve the effects of depression. Higher THC strains of Medical Marijuana will tend to be the best options for treating patients with Cachexia.
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