Cachexia (also known as wasting syndrome) is a broad term used to refer to a variety of symptoms that typically occur as a result of a serious disease such as cancer, kidney disease, and AIDS. These symptoms include: weight loss, muscle wastage, loss of appetite, loss of strength, and inability to walk or stand. One theory points to the possibility of cachexia as being caused by substances released by the cancer.
If approved by the doctor, marijuana may be used to encourage appetite in patients suffering from cachexia. Marijuana may also help ease the symptoms of chemo and radiation therapy and generally improve the patient’s outlook.