Cancer cachexia and cannabinoids.

Author(s): Gorter RW

Europäisches Institut für onkologische und immunologische Forschung, Berlin, Germany

Subject: Anorexia View the study

Abstract:

Anorexia and cachexia are diagnosed in more than two-thirds of all cancer patients with advanced disease, and are independent risk factors for morbidity and mortality. Anorexia, nausea and vomiting often are described as more significant inhibiting factors for quality of life of cancer patients than even intense pain. In 1986, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main effective constituent of cannabis, was licensed as an anti-emetic drug in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

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