Motion Sickness & CBD
As irritating as it may seem, the biological causes of nausea and vomiting help with the progression of various species. It is a defensive action designed to inhibit the digestion of chemicals toxic to the body. Since the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), researchers know this network of cannabinoid receptor sites play a significant role in the regulation of nausea and vomiting.
According to several studies, CBD indirectly activates 5-hydroxytryptamine (also known as 5-HT1A), a unique compound that reduces the nausea sensation and the accompanying vomiting reflex. Studies on chemotherapy patients have found that cannabis massively reduces nausea and vomiting. CBD supports high anandamide levels by inhibiting the fatty acid enzymes that degrade anandamide. The anti-nausea effects of CBD are due in part to the prolonged CB1 receptor activation in the brain.
CBD & Motion Sickness – The Research
A 2010 study by German scientists asked volunteers to take part in an experiment where they simulated the weightlessness of space travel. The scientists took blood samples before, during and after the simulation. They found that volunteers with the lowest levels of cannabinoids in their system suffered most from motion sickness.
A 2014 Chinese study proved that dexamethasone helps reduce motion sickness symptoms by enhancing the endocannabinoid system. The study was performed on rats and shows another clear link between the ECS and motion sickness.
Why Choose CBD For Motion Sickness?
Dronabinol is a synthetic version of THC, but evidence shows that it is nowhere near as effective for preventing motion sickness symptoms as natural marijuana. In addition, inhaled vapors from marijuana are far easier to consume when you have nausea, and it works much faster than a pill.
However, THC is psychoactive, so you can’t take it if you plan to drive. You also can’t take it in the 21 states where medical marijuana is illegal. An array of studies has clearly shown that CBD is just as effective as THC on motion sickness and it is legal in almost every state. The antiemetic properties of CBD make it ideal for use if you are fed up with the nausea, dizziness, and vomiting that comes with your bouts of motion sickness.
There are many great reasons to use CBD for motion sickness, but the fact it works much faster than traditional medications is a bonus. With OTC and prescription medication, you have to take it at least 30 minutes before traveling but 60 minutes is better. With CBD, you can vape or eat it a few minutes before leaving, and the effects will have taken hold by the time you travel. There are also lots of strains that energize you, so there are no drowsy side effects.