In a two-year study of more than 20 cancer patients, researchers found that taking a pill containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient found in cannabis, increased appetites and significantly improved the patients’ ability to enjoy food.
The team of scientists gave half of the participants placebos and the other half THC pills containing 2.5 milligrams of the compound. They found that 64 percent of individuals taking the cannabis supplement reported an increase in appetite, compared to 30 percent of the placebo group.
Furthermore, none of the THC-treated patients reported a decrease in appetite, while about half of the placebo group said that food was less appealing to them.
Use of THC may also help the patients increase their protein intake, since 55 percent of those treated with the cannabis compound said that savory foods were more appealing, and none of the placebo patients reported this preference. Study authors noted that cancer patients tend to lose their appetite for meat as it often smells unpleasant to them.
Authors also said that the THC group reported healthier sleeping habits and increased relaxation