HIV Patients can benefit from Medical Marijuana

Various researches and studies were done regarding the benefits of medical marijuana to patients with HIV or AIDS. In the year 2007, Information from Columbia University Investigators revealed that cannabis is highly effective in increasing the appetite of patients with HIV. In addition to that, it is well tolerated without discomfort. This indicates the positive effects of medical marijuana to HIV/AIDS patients.
Moreover, studies reveal that medical marijuana use helps minimize or lessen problems such as physical disability, mood disturbance and overall quality of life. Medical marijuana also helps in treating waste syndrome in these patients. Wasting includes nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety. All these can be minimized through medical marijuana use.
HIV/AIDS patients are known to have difficulty in sleeping most of the time. Medical marijuana’s drowsiness effect helps them get a good night’s sleep. Furthermore, small marijuana doses could increase serotonin, which is the same as SSRI antidepressants. The anti-depressant effects of medical marijuana are due to the chemical similarity to endo-cannabinoids, the natural substances in the brain which are released during high stress or high pain. These could have a direct effect on the cells producing serotonin, which helps in regulating the mood of the patient.

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