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Describe what marijuana does in palliative care?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 36 years experience
See below: Relaxes them and relieves depression by getting them high. Also increases appetite and reduces pain.
Dr. Natarajan Raman
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Control nausea: Marijuana is not used in palliative care as it is difficult to quantitate the effect of the active substances in street purchases. Marinol (dronabinol) is used to treat loss of appetite in people with aids. It is also used to treat severe nausea and vomiting that is caused by cancer chemotherapy. Marinol is for use only when other medications have been unable to control the nausea and vomiting.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Are there any legal drugs that do what marijuana does in palliative care?

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Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
To a degree: Dronabinol (marinol) is a synthetic thc that is taken orally and has been shown to have both anti-nausea and appetite stimulating effects for many patients.

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