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MARIJUANA HIV TREATMENT

HIV weakens the body’s immune system to a point where it can no longer fight bacteria and infections on its own. Medicinal cannabis can help with HIV/AIDS related symptoms as part of an overall program.

Medical Marijuana for HIV/AIDS Patients

Medical marijuana is helpful as a supplemental medication to HIV/AIDS antiretrovirals, helping offset some of the side effects caused by those medications. It is estimated that 14-37% of people living with HIV/AIDS are currently using medical marijuana to offset symptoms.

HIV/AIDS patients will often experience nausea, upset stomachs or loss of appetite, all of which can be countered by prescription cannabinoids. Improved anxiety, increased relaxation, depression aid and some pain relief have also been listed as benefits in users.

Typical HIV/AIDS Treatment

HIV/AIDS is a lifelong disease with no cure; however, treatment medications known as antiretrovirals can help suppress the virus and its actions within the body. These treatments have enhanced over the years and can greatly improve the quality of life of patients with HIV/AIDS, but since they are only suppressants and not cures, they must be taken for life.

Like many medication, the side effects of antiretroviral drugs vary from person to person. They can be serious and have an adverse impact on the patient’s quality of life or they can be potentially non-existent. Managing these is an integral part of living with HIV/AIDS.

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