Medical marijuana (MMJ) has been used to treat HIV and AIDS since the very beginning of research into its healing qualities. Early AIDS patients discovered MMJ was one of the most powerful options available for curbing the pain caused by organ and nerve damage.
Today, medicinal marijuana remains an important part of treatment for many people with these immune disorders. Experts have estimated about 33 percent of current HIV and AIDS patients use medical cannabis in some way, usually as an adjunct to more aggressive forms of treatment.
Understanding HIV and AIDS
In early stages, HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus – weakens the patient’s immune system by attacking white blood cells, a key part of protecting against infections. This opens the door to “opportunistic infections” that would not otherwise be able to take root in the body.
As white blood cells are destroyed, HIV sufferers are at risk of diseases, including pneumonia, meningitis, encephalitis and tuberculosis. Other chronic conditions, ranging from diarrhea to cancer, can also develop. With time, HIV progresses to AIDS.
The earlier an HIV infection is diagnosed, the more effective treatments will be. In recent years, a treatment called HAART – high active antiretroviral therapy – has proven to be the best approach for slowing the progress of HIV and AIDS.
In some cases, HAART can freeze HIV in its tracks and prevent progression for decades.
Medical Marijuana Helps Quality of Life at All Stages of HIV and AIDS
HIV and AIDS patients need to be alert not only to the disease itself, but to the infections it can facilitate. MMJ can be prescribed at any point where a painful or debilitating chronic condition develops as a result of HIV or AIDS.
Depending on their needs and progression of underlying disease, patients might use medicinal marijuana daily or a few times a month. Marijuana is especially effective in curbing common symptoms like pain, nausea and loss of appetite.
CBD oils and topical treatments can be applied to the skin or joints when pain is localized in a specific area. Ingesting or smoking cannabis is recommended for cachexia, a metabolic disorder that causes weight loss, muscle atrophy, fatigue and loss of appetite.
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