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HIV/AIDS

Treating HIV/AIDS with Medical Marijuana

What is HIV/AIDS?

HIV, known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that cripples the body’s immune system, attacking cells which aid the body in fighting infection. As a result, the carrier is more susceptible to infections and diseases, with a limited ability to fight them off. HIV progresses in stages and, if left untreated, will reach the final stage known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). Unfortunately, the human body is incapable of ridding itself of HIV and there is no known cure, making it a lifelong illness. Fortunately, some medicines have been shown to be effective in treating the symptoms, allowing patients to live long and healthy lives. Medical cannabis is known to be one of the treatments to help alleviate symptoms associated with HIV/AIDS, thus putting the condition on the list of Florida’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions.

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Symptoms of HIV/AIDS

 HIV as an illness has different stages, each with different symptoms:

Symptoms of HIV/AIDS

 HIV as an illness has different stages, each with different symptoms:

Symptoms of Acute HIV (Stage 1)

  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Joint Pain
  • Fever
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Sore Throat
  • Sores in Throat
  • Diarrhea

 

Symptoms of HIV Latency (Stage 2)

  • Cough
  • Cold
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Exhaustion
  • Weight Loss
  • Shingles
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain
  • Changes in Memory

Symptoms of AIDS (Stage 3)

  • Weight Loss
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Rashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Diarrhea
  • White spots on tongue or mouth
  • Dementia
  • Pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Skin Infections
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Gastrointestinal Infections
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Will Marijuana Help HIV/AIDS?

In recent years medical cannabis has become a popular alternative when treating HIV and AIDS symptoms. Using medical marijuana for HIV/AIDS has been shown to be successful in some patients alleviating symptoms such as pain, anxiety, weight loss, nausea, and depression, among others. Studies have shown that medical marijuana can help treat HIV by reducing the viral load, which in turn slows the progression of the disease.  

 

HIV and Marijuana Treatment

Medical Marijuana has been proven to have significant potential health benefits in the treatment of HIV and AIDS. One of the most common benefits reported is in the use of medical marijuana to help regulate pain associated with the disease. Furthermore, studies have shown that HIV/AIDS patients who are using medical marijuana have an improved appetite and even suppressed nausea. The activation of CB1 receptors within the endocannabinoid system actually stimulates appetite and controls involuntary reflexes, such as nausea.

Cannabis treatment for HIV/AIDS has also shown potential to improve overall gut function to reduce symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even nausea. However, the benefits of medical marijuana for HIV and AIDS patients is not simply physical, with numerous studies reporting the role of the endocannabinoid system in potentially reducing both depression and anxiety. 

Side Effects of Cannabis for HIV/AIDS

 Side effects of marijuana use can include changes in:

  • Sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Memory
  • Appetite
  • Mood
  • Reaction Time
  • Paranoia

Medical Marijuana Doctor Near Me

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in Florida and are interested in how medical marijuana may be able to help you, take our qualification survey and schedule an appointment today!

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Medical Marijuana Doctor Near Me

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in Florida and are interested in how medical marijuana may be able to help you, take our qualification survey and schedule an appointment today!