Scientific Research into Medicinal Cannabis – HIV AIDS
HIV AIDS : Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By damaging your immune system, HIV interferes with your body’s ability to fight the organisms that cause disease.
HIV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It can also be spread by contact with infected blood or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breast-feeding. Without medication, it may take years before HIV weakens your immune system to the point that you have AIDS.
There’s no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there are medications that can dramatically slow the progression of the disease. These drugs have reduced AIDS deaths in many developed nations.
We have listed the latest scientific research into medicinal cannabis and it’s potential uses treating HIV AIDS
Research shows cannabis helps patients manage symptoms associated with HIV and AIDS treatments and may even help slow the progression of the virus.
- CBD inhibits growth and induces programmed cell death in kaposi sarcoma-associated herpes virus-infected endothelium
- Marijuana-like compounds can block the spread of HIV virus throughout the body during infection’s late stages.
Cannabinoid Receptor 2-Mediated Attentuation of CXCR4-Tropic HIV Infection in Primary CD4+ T Cells
- Smoking cannabis found to reduced HIV-associated daily pain levels by 34% and chronic pain levels by a median of 72%.
Cannabis in painful HIV-associated sensory neuropathy: a randomized placebo-controlled trial
- Marijuana found to cause substantial increases in food intake in HIV positive patients that suffered from significant muscle loss, without any negative side effects.
Dronabinol and marijuana in HIV(+) marijuana smokers: acute effects on calorie intake and mood.
- Cannabis found to have no ill-effects on CD4 cell counts in HIV-positive individuals.
Short-term effects of cannabinoids in patients with HIV-1 infection: a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial.
EFFECTS OF CANNABIS ON HIV
While the side effects of HIV and AIDS treatments can impinge on one’s life quality, studies have shown that medical marijuana can help make the adverse effects more manageable. Studies have found that daily and chronic neuropathic pain related to HIV can be significantly lowered by regular cannabis consumption. Medical marijuana also boosts appetite and daily functioning, helping to combat weight loss and muscle breakdown.
Research also suggests that consuming medical marijuana is safe for patients with HIV/AIDS. One study found no significant association with cannabis use and the CD4 T-cell count of patients co-infected with HIV and HCV, suggesting cannabis has no adverse effects on the immune system.
While research surrounding marijuana’s potential treatment effects on the HIV virus itself, a recent study discovered that marijuana-like compounds blocked the spread of HIV virus during the late stages of the infection.
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