Can I Treat HIV/AIDS with Medical Marijuana in Texas?
Texas Recognizes HIV as a Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana
HIV can be devastating to the health of those suffering from it, and any treatment that can offer them relief can make an immense difference in their comfort and wellbeing.
Furthermore, HIV is more prevalent than most people realize. It is estimated that there are 1 million HIV patients in America, with 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year.
Fortunately for Texans dealing with HIV, they can now treat their symptoms with medical marijuana. If you’re living with this condition, here is what you need to know about HIV medical marijuana.
What Is HIV?
HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that attacks the immune system, impairing the body’s ability to protect itself against infections and sickness.
Minor illnesses that most people could recover from in a few days can be medical emergencies for HIV-positive people. Even a mere cold can lead to a serious medical crisis for HIV patients.
HIV takes over T cells in the immune system. The virus then replicates itself through these tainted T cells, so that the body can never rid itself of HIV.
An HIV positive person will always be HIV positive, because there is no known cure for the condition.
Besides impairing the body’s immune system, making an HIV patient more vulnerable to other illnesses, HIV causes its own symptoms. HIV medications are used to manage these symptoms, since the virus itself cannot be cured. And many researchers think one effective treatment for some of these symptoms is medical marijuana.
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How Can Medical Marijuana be Used to Alleviate HIV Symptoms?
Research shows that medical marijuana can safely treat a number of the most common HIV symptoms.
Nausea, for example, is one of the symptoms most associated with HIV, and there is ample research showing that medical marijuana is a safe and effective anti-nausea medication.
And alleviating nausea can help HIV positive people eat more, and be more comfortable while doing it. This in turn helps them to stay healthier and maintain their weight and nutrient intake, which is important because weight loss is also commonly associated with HIV.
HIV sufferers often endure chronic pain, another symptom that medical marijuana can treat.
According to some research, medical marijuana may even slow the progression of HIV. One particularly promising study revealed that the takeover of the immune system by HIV was slowed down by Denbinobin, a marijuana medication.
This encouraging finding has led to speculation among scientists that medical marijuana may treat HIV itself, not just its symptoms. If future findings are as promising, medical marijuana may help HIV patients lead longer and more satisfying lives, even if it can’t cure the virus.
Finally, medical marijuana treats anxiety and depression, both of which commonly affect HIV patients. Perceived isolation brought about by the stigma attached to the virus, and the health problems it can cause, often damage patients’ mental health. Medical marijuana’s relaxing properties are therefore some of its most valuable therapeutic benefits.
How to Get Medical Marijuana for HIV/AIDS in Texas
Medical marijuana has been shown to have immense therapeutic value for HIV patients, not only by alleviating their symptoms but potentially by slowing the virus’s progression also. Consequently, medical marijuana can help HIV patients live longer, healthier lives.
Research is ongoing, but medical marijuana has already proven itself to be an effective treatment option for HIV, which is why Texas legislators recognized HIV as one of the qualifying conditions that can enable patients to get a Texas Marijuana Card. To learn more about how medical marijuana can be used to treat HIV, give us a call at (833) 781-5630.
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