Antiretroviral therapy has benefits for HIV patients, but there are many side effects associated with long-term drug therapy. Medical marijuana is reported to be helpful in many complications and side effects associated with HIV infection and treatment.
Side effects caused by antiretroviral therapy, used for managing HIV infection, can discourage patients to continue their therapy. Many people believe that marijuana can help them manage these symptoms. People are using medical marijuana to relieve vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite. Although much research is being conducted in this regard, there is still more to be done to provide conclusive data to confirm the benefits of using marijuana for HIV.
Here we have gathered a few potential benefits of using medical marijuana.
Marijuana and Nerve Pain
Peripheral neuropathy, commonly called nerve pain, is caused by nerve damage. The symptoms are burning, stabbing, or tingling sensation in the feet and hands. Antiretroviral drugs can trigger it. HIV weakens the immune system, which makes you vulnerable to other infections that might cause peripheral neuropathy.
People are using marijuana for nerve pain, but there is not much research available to prove the results. There are a few studies that suggest that marijuana may help with the pain.
In a study, 565 patients with HIV took a survey. Most people using marijuana said that it helped their nerve pain.
AIDS Wasting Syndrome
Nausea and appetite loss are two primary symptoms related to HIV that leads to wasting syndrome. According to the Center for Disease and Control Prevention, AIDS wasting syndrome is involuntary weight loss of more than 10% of body weight, along with diarrhea or fever that can last for 30 days.
THC, one of the psychoactive ingredients in marijuana, has been evaluated through clinical trials to observe its potential to stimulate appetite. In long-term and short-term studies, patients were given THC in the form of Marinol. They experienced an increase in appetite and were able to maintain a stable weight.
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