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Despite the major benefits of antiretroviral therapy on survival during HIV infection, there is an increasing need to manage symptoms and side effects during long-term drug therapy. Cannabis has been reported anecdotally as being beneficial for a number of common symptoms and complications in HIV infections, for example, poor appetite and neuropathy. This study aimed to investigate symptom management with cannabis. Following Ethics Committee approval, HIV-positive individuals attending a large clinic were recruited into an anonymous cross-sectional questionnaire study. Up to one-third (27%, 143/523) reported using cannabis for treating symptoms. Patients reported improved appetite (97%), muscle pain (94%), nausea (93%), anxiety (93%), nerve pain (90%), depression (86%), and paresthesia (85%). Many cannabis users (47%) reported associated memory deterioration. Symptom control using cannabis is widespread in HIV outpatients. A large number of patients reported that cannabis improved symptom control.

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Researchers have learned that cannabis acts like endocannabinoids. These are molecules your body makes naturally. They help manage your stress levels, sleep, and metabolism. They also help with your memory, inflammation, and immune system.

Choose the purified form. Try to find a source you can trust. And use CBD only instead of marijuana. This will help you get potential health benefits without the “high” caused by THC.

Effects of Marijuana

There’s evidence that marijuana helps with HIV symptoms and some side effects of treatment. Scientists are still learning how it works. Most studies are on the entire cannabis plant, not specific chemicals. Here’s what we found.

FDA: “FDA Approves First Drug Comprised of an Active Ingredient Derived from Marijuana to Treat Rare, Severe Forms of Epilepsy.”

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