Motion sickness is something that most of us have probably come across at some point in our lives, and it really is one of those things that just has to be dealt with due to the fact that, as of yet, there are no drugs available on the market that directly combat it. However, recent research on the endocannabinoid system in the body suggests that marijuana may be putting an end to all this. Let’s take a closer look at what motion sickness actually is, as well as how weed might be able to help:

What is motion sickness?

Essentially, motion sickness is to do with perception, and it happens when the body’s senses are conflicted in such a way that it gets confused, for lack of a better word, because it appears to be staying still while actually moving. For example, when you are in a car, everything inside the car appears to remain exactly where it is, despite the fact that the car itself – and thus, everything and everyone in it, is in motion.

What are the symptoms of motion sickness?

The symptoms of motion sickness are all pretty uncomfortable, ranging from nausea and vomiting to low appetite, tiredness, and cold sweats. It may surprise you to know that almost everyone is prone to motion sickness, with over a quarter of the world’s population being highly sensitive to it.

Motion sickness and the endocannabinoid network: the science

The body’s ability to change itself in order to cope with stress really is astonishing, and the endocannabinoid network plays a huge part in this. In a study undertaken by the Department of Anesthesiology at Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich, Germany, an interesting relationship between the network and cannabinoids was discovered. They found that participants in their studies who didn’t have motion sickness had higher levels of anandamide than those who did feel off, and thus confirmed that the endocannabinoid network is vital in the process of moderating stress and nausea. All of this means that, in the future, drugs that incorporate cannabis may be developed to enhance the signaling of the network in order to fight motion sickness head on.

OK, but How can weed help in the meantime?

As I’ve already said, there aren’t any pharmaceuticals out there at the moment that help with motion sickness directly. However, some people do use sedatives so that they can try and sleep through the experience, avoiding motion sickness altogether. I’m sure you will agree that this is not ideal. Therefore, some scientists have proposed that marijuana may be able to help – at least with some of the symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting.

There isn’t too much scientific evidence to go on as of yet, and so I definitely do not urge you to smoke a fatty before your next flight as it may make symptoms worse. Although, small doses of cannabis to cope with things like car or sea sickness might really turn things around for you if you’re struggling. All we can do now is wait for more scientific research to come to light.

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