Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV)

Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting natural plant-based treatment

Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) can have significant effects on a person's quality of life, and their ability to go about their daily routine, but it can also lead to nutritional depletion or anorexia, serious metabolic derangements, physical and psychological deterioration. When other traditional treatments are unsuccessful in managing CINV, alternative plant-based treatments may be a suitable option.

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Disclaimer: The availability of consultations for Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting depends on the availability of our specialist doctors. We encourage you to consult with our patient support team to determine if this treatment option is currently available.


Of patients using natural treatments experienced no vomiting and nausea with chemotherapy treatment in a phase 2 RCT.


Of patients using alternative plant-based treatments did not have to use rescue medications after a chemotherapy cycle.

4 out of 5

Patients experience chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) when undergoing cancer treatment


People in the UK received cancer treatments between 2021 and 2022, which is 8,000 more than the year before


Loss of appetite




Feeling weak

Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting usually presents within the first 24 hours of treatment, but can be delayed, so if you are experiencing these symptoms, please speak to your doctor.

Treatment options:

Unfortunately, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting is common when going through cancer treatment. There are a number of different techniques that can be used to manage CINV, and different medications that can be prescribed to alleviate its symptoms.








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A word from our specialist

“Whilst in no way a cure for cancer, the versatility of medical cannabis allows it to be a suitable treatment across a whole range of symptoms associated with cancer treatment. From chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting to neuropathy, to radiation burns from radiotherapy among others - medical cannabis has the versatility to supplement the ongoing treatment of symptoms.“
Dr David Tang

Clinic Director

Can plant-based products help with chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting?

Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting is more likely to affect women younger than 50, those taking certain opioids or pain medications at the same time, or those who have a fluid or electrolyte imbalance, kidney disease, an infection, constipation, or a tumour in their liver, gastrointestinal tract or brain. 

While the NHS are currently restricted by prescribing guidelines that only allow for the prescription of one type of plant-based medicine for the treatment of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (a capsule medication called Nabilone), private healthcare clinics like Releaf can prescribe a range of different plant-based products to treat the same symptoms. 

Plant-based products have been approved to treat vomiting and nausea therapeutically in the UK, but this should always be done under supervision of a qualified healthcare professional. Once chemotherapy induced vomiting and nausea is under control, or significantly reduced, there is normally a big improvement in quality of life, which can benefit mental health, sleep and general wellbeing. 

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