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Medical Marijuana and Hepatitis C

What Is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is an often chronic infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which can result in cirrhosis of the liver. Hepatitus C is responsible for most of the liver transplants conducted each year.

Medical Marijuana and Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that affects 300 million people worldwide. Based on current statistics for hepatitis C, it is estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 people die each year from chronic liver disease caused by this condition.

Hepatitis C is typically treated with interferon medication, but many patients are unable to complete the full treatment regimen due to the severe side effects it can induce, such as fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, muscle and joint pain, and depression. Because of these side effects, many patients are forced to reduce their doses or discontinue treatment altogether—both of which deter interferon’s effectiveness against the Hepatitis C virus.

There is strong scientific and anecdotal evidence that medical marijuana is a safe, effective medicine that helps patients with Hepatitis C endure the side effects of treatment—thereby helping patients complete the full treatment regimen. Many marijuana states include Hepatitis C on their list of qualifying conditions. Additionally, marijuana side effects are typically mild and are classified as "low risk," with euphoric mood changes among the most frequent side effects.

A 2006 report published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology demonstrated a positive use of marijuana for people undergoing treatment for Hepatitis C. This study, conducted in Northern California, demonstrated that medical marijuana use may relieve interferon’s side effects, and allow patients with Hepatitis C to complete the full treatment regimen.

If you or a loved one is looking to find relief from symptoms of Hepatitis C, can help. We can connect you with hundreds of quality marijuana doctors across the country in all legal marijuana states and ensure you are in compliance with your state laws. Book an appointment today and let us help improve your quality of life!


This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.


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