HIV / AIDS
How Marijuana May Help
Disease Profile: HIV / AIDS
First clinically observed in 1981, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) categorizes a group of diseases stemming from major disruption and weakening of the body’s immune system.
Developing as a result of contracting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), AIDS is also known a “wasting syndrome” where symptoms include but not limited to nausea, loss of appetite, severe neuropathy, fatigue, and depression.
The common regimen for these symptoms are vigorous pharmaceutical treatments. These treatments come with crippling side effects of their own.
In 2007, the journal AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV reported that up to 60% of patients use medical cannabis without a physician’s recommendation because of how beneficial it is in the treatment of symptoms.
The Role of Cannabis in HIV / AIDS Treatment
The immediate stimulation of appetite helps fight the common loss of hunger from the effects of substantial pharmaceutical regimens. Many patients supplement with medicinal cannabis therapy. This fights unintentional weight loss in patients, otherwise known as Cachexia.
HIV / AIDs and Medical Marijuana
Additionally, the mental well-being of patients often falls into an emotional downfall, leading to depression and anxiety from lack of substance, overuse of medication, and overall loss of quality of life.
Certain cannabinoids found in cannabis can fight exactly that, causing senses of euphoria and joy. This plays a tremendous role in the overall health of patients suffering from HIV/AIDs.