The effective use of medical marijuana or cannabis for HIV treatment has long been documented. While considered an illegal substance in the past, the medical and wellness community now recognizes that cannabis may help with slowing down the disease’s progression or alleviating some of the symptoms.
To be eligible for medical marijuana treatment at Advanced Pain Medical Center, you should be a resident of Florida and have a qualifying medical condition such as HIV.
PROVEN EFFECTS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA ON HIV PATIENTS
Nausea and anorexia are two of the most common symptoms experienced by HIV patients who experience negative side effects with their antiretroviral (ART) medication. Unfortunately, if they can’t take the medication, then they often experience health problems with their body deteriorating faster from the viral disease.
A study in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome cites that the use of medical marijuana, when used in conjunction with medication, is significantly more effective for patients with HIV who experience nausea, anorexia, or a host of other symptoms like loss of appetite, sleep problems, fatigue, and depression. There is also evidence showing that cannabis decreases the inflammation of the cells caused by the production of cytokine and build-up of toxins that HIV patients experience.
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