Updated on January 31, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
As we find more proof that medical marijuana can help patients dealing with all sorts of conditions, more hepatitis C patients are using it. Medication for hepatitis C often puts the patient through side effects harsh enough to discourage them from taking all their medicine. But marijuana can relieve many of these issues, making it much easier to complete treatment.
When you use weed for medical reasons, not all strains work the same way. These differences may make it a little harder to pick the right marijuana treatment, but you can also use them to your advantage. By using a strain that addresses the symptoms you have, you can use it as your own tailor-made medication.
The strain that will work best for your hepatitis C depends on the symptoms you experience. We can inform your decision process by giving you some examples. However, make sure to consult with your dispensary staff when you make a purchase.
You can get the hepatitis C virus only through contact with blood. When you have the hepatitis C virus, it damages your liver, causing complications all over your body. The liver handles toxins in your body, so having a damaged liver can cause some serious problems.
Hepatitis C can result in major liver damage and even death if not diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. When hepatitis C develops into long-term or chronic hepatitis C, it causes symptoms affecting all sorts of areas of your body.
Not only does a hepatitis C infection cause noticeable symptoms, but medicine used for hepatitis C can give you health problems, too. Marijuana can relieve symptoms and side effects such as:
Marijuana strains can be divided into two main varieties — indica and sativa. Additionally, some growers cultivate hybrid strains featuring a combination of an indica and sativa strain. Both kinds benefit your health in different ways, so understanding the differences can help you make an independent decision.
Indica strains provide a relaxed, full-body effect. Patients generally use them for help sleeping, anxiety relief, nausea relief, pain reduction and other benefits. Due to their calming and sedative nature, most patients use indica strains at night.
Sativa strains affect the mind more than the body. They mainly provide extra energy, an enhanced mood, increased focus and more. Unlike indica strains, sativa strains generally are taken during the day.
Hybrid strains combine the traits of their parent strains, so they don’t provide a certain category of benefits. When cultivators cross-breed sativa and indica, it results in a balanced hybrid that has benefits associated with both types.
Since hepatitis C manifests in so many ways, it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact strain you should use for it. It’s best to break down each of your symptoms to choose the best kind of strain for you. Some common symptoms treatable with marijuana are:
Our advice shouldn’t replace a doctor or budtender’s guidance — only an expert can look at your unique circumstances and help you pick a strain. Search for a doctor near you or a find local marijuana dispensarytoday.
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