Medically Speaking: Marijuana & HIV

Mary Jon

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Globally, 34 million people have HIV and/or AIDS. There is not a permanent cure for this deadly disease, but sufferers are given a “cocktail” of pills to live with it. Although cannabis does not cure AIDS, the use of medical marijuana proves beneficial to its patients. Marijuana has many benefits including improving one’s immune system. Doctors note that the cannabinoides in marijuana actually relieve pain and assists many people living with HIV to have a healthier, happier life.

HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, a retrovirus that causes AIDS. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, a medical condition. A person can be diagnosed with AIDS when that person’s immune system is too weak to fight off infection. HIV and AIDS go hand-in-hand, but are in no way the same thing, a common misconception. According to, “HIV is a virus that gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections, which it will have difficulty in fighting off. It is at the point of very advanced HIV infection that a person is said to have AIDS. If left untreated, it can take around ten years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.” Some symptoms of HIV include fatigue, night sweats and lack of eating, anxiety, among many others. Medical marijuana has proven to mend some of the symptoms of HIV and AIDS.

Some HIV symptoms have been regulated through the use of cannabis, or medical marijuana. Over 60% of patients use medical marijuana to treat the effects of the medicines prescribed to combat the disease, as well as their symptoms. According to a NORML report, “Patients living with HIV/AIDS most frequently report using cannabis to counter symptoms of anxiety, appetite loss and nausea.” The article goes on to state that medical marijuana “does not adversely impact CD4 and CD8 T cell counts and may even improve immune function.” Medical marijuana proves to help many people living with the disease.

HIV and AIDS affect many people around the world…and weed helps those people live even more healthy and happy.

Please do not use this article as medical advice. For more information on anxiety disorder and medical marijuana benefits, please see your Physician.