Cachexia is a complex metabolic syndrome that can occur in patients with chronic diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and congestive heart failure. It is characterized by anorexia, weight loss, muscle wasting, fatigue, and weakness. Cachexia can lead to a decrease in quality of life and even death if left untreated. The exact cause of cachexia is unknown but it may be related to inflammation and hormonal changes associated with the underlying disease.
Treatment for cachexia includes dietary modifications, physical activity interventions, nutritional supplements, medications such as corticosteroids or anabolic steroids, and palliative care.
Medical marijuana is recommended in the management of this condition as it is shown to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life.