Graves disease is an autoimmune condition that eventually leads to hypothyroidism. When this happens, the thyroid glandproduces excessive amounts of thyroid hormone. Graves disease tends to run in families, and although it can affect men and women of any age, the condition is more commonly seen in women aged 20 to 40 years old. Patients with Graves disease may experience a number of symptoms including vision related problems, unexplained fatigue, difficulty concentrating, abnormalities in the menstrual cycle, weight loss, and more.
Treatment for Graves disease typically involves reducing the production of thyroid hormone or preventing its negative effects on the body. Since this treatment usually involves the use of radioactive iodine therapy, patients may benefit from the use of marijuana, which can quell nausea resulting from treatment.