How does cannabis help HIV/AIDS patients?

Cannabis helps patients with HIV/AIDS to battle cachexia (wasting syndrome). It helps relieve symptoms of nausea, appetite loss, pain, and anxiety which are all afflictions of wasting syndrome. It is possible cannabis can do more for AIDS patients than simply help them with their nausea or loss of appetite. Most patients find that medical marijuana (MMJ) relieves symptoms of nausea and appetite loss which extends life for many. In one major study THC conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City recognized that cannabis may block the  virus from spreading! This has huge implications because HIV is highly resistant to conventional medications. when the cannabinoid receptors are triggered by compounds found in cannabis , it can actually block the spread of the HIV virus throughout the body!The chemical compounds in Marijuana has also been show to produce antiflammatory effects and counter loss of neurons and oxidative stress without the harmful side effects that come with other drugs. 

The benefits of cannabis for HIV/AIDS patients are:

  • Pain reduction including neuropathic pain
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Nausea reduction
  • Weight gain
  • Reducing pain from peripheral neuropathy
  • Reduction in the incidence of depression symptoms
  • Improved quality of life