Medical Cannabis May Help Ease HIV Symptoms

In the past few decades, medical cannabis has become an increasingly common alternative therapy for patients as they manage life-threatening conditions, including HIV Symptoms. Today, one in three HIV/AIDS patients turn to cannabis to cope with pain, chronic fatigue, emotional decline, and other symptoms.

AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is a syndrome caused by a virus called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). The disease alters the immune system, making people much more vulnerable to infections and diseases. This susceptibility worsens as the syndrome progresses. Around 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, according to a CDC report. In 2014, there were 12,333 deaths (due to any cause) of people with diagnosed HIV infection ever classified as AIDS, and 6,721 deaths were attributed directly to HIV.

HIV Symptoms

What Treatments Are Available?

There is currently no cure available for HIV. High active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) may help improve quality of life, extends life expectancy, and reduces the risk of transmission, according to the World Health Organization’s guidelines issued in June 2013. To manage AIDS-related symptoms and side effects of other prescription drugs, medications may be prescribed.

Complementary medications such as marijuana may provide benefits. In one study, a large number of HIV patients reported that cannabis improved symptom control.

Get Access to Medical Marijuana for HIV/AIDS

Understanding your health condition and treatment options are important in making healthcare decisions. If you are considering medical marijuana to control symptoms of HIV/AIDS, consult our physician today.

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