Medical Marijuana and HIV/AIDS
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 02/23/2011 in Medical Marijuana Conditions
Even though the federal government contends that marijuana has no medicinal use, as indicated by its status as a Schedule I Drug, countless medical studies dating back to the 1970s have proved over and over again that marijuana has significant medical benefits to patients suffering from HIV and/or AIDS. Medical Marijuana is widely recognized as an effective treatment for symptoms of HIV/AIDS (causes wasting syndrome or cachexia and intractable pain) as well as the side effects related to the current treatment methods for HIV/AIDS (such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and severe pain in the nerve endings).
HIV/AIDS is one of the most commonly cited reasons cannabis patients in the United States get medical marijuana. In fact, each medical marijuana state includes HIV/AIDS as a qualifying medical condition. And according to 2005 study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, more than 60% of HIV patients use cannabis as a medicine. Here are a handful of other studies that prove the effectiveness of medical marijuana for HIV and AIDS patients:
· According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM),”For patients such as those with AIDS or who are undergoing chemotherapy and who suffer simultaneously from severe pain, nausea, and appetite loss, cannabinoid drugs might offer broad-spectrum relief not found in any other single medication.”
· A trial conducted at the University of California at San Francisco found that inhaled cannabis caused HIV/AIDS patients to gain weight, and also discovered that cannabis does not interfere with the effectiveness of protease inhibitors in patients suffering from HIV or AIDS.
· Columbia University published clinical trial data in 2007 reporting that HIV/AIDS patients who inhaled cannabis four times daily experienced “substantial increases in food intake with little evidence of discomfort and no impairment of cognitive performance.” They concluded, “Smoked marijuana has a clear medical benefit in HIV-positive [subjects].”
· In 2008, researchers at the University of California at San Diego concluded:
o Cannabis significantly reduced neuropathic pain intensity in HIV-associated polyneuropathy compared to placebo.
o Mood disturbance, physical disability, and quality of life all improved significantly.
o Cannabinoid therapy may be an effective option for pain relief in patients with medically intractable pain due to HIV.
If you or someone you love is suffering from HIV/AIDS, medical marijuana may help. But you must first ensure you are in compliance with your state laws. In all medical marijuana states, the first step is to see a qualified medical marijuana doctor. Book an appointment today and start getting the medicine you need.