HIV is a deadly disease with almost no possible treatment. The only possible treatment is anti retro viral therapy that will help in reducing the effects if the virus. Once a person is diagnosed with the disease, there is need for immediate treatment to prevent any infections that can occur.
Though there are not many treatment options available, one of the recent researches have shown that medical marijuana can help in the treatment of the disease. There are several ways in which this drug will be able to treat HIV affected individuals.
- Boosts immunity: HIV is a virus that can affect the immune system. When this immune system is affected, it can lead to further decrease in the immunity levels and cause other infections to occur. Medical marijuana is able to boost the immune system. This will automatically prevent any infections from occurring. This will also help in prolonging the life of the person.
- Antioxidant properties: Cannabis also has a lot of antioxidants in it. Just like the other antioxidants, cannabis also helps in reducing the number of disease
causing free radicals in the body. Instead, it helps in improving the immunity levels. It also helps in treatment of various opportunistic infections with the help of the antioxidant properties.
- Reduces nerve pain: Nerve pain is another common complication in those suffering from HIV. The nerve pain can be very severe. HIV can lead to neuropathy or nerve damage. This can set up the pain. In some people, opportunistic infections like herpes can occur and they can cause the nerve pain. Whatever the cause of nerve pain, it will be a sharp shooting pain and needs to be immediately treated. A dose of cannabis every day will help in preventing the nerve pain.
- Provides energy: Loss of energy and general weakness are commonly seen in those suffering from HIV. Cannabis helps on boosting not only the mood of the person, but it also helps in boosting the energy levels of the person. The affected individual will be able to go about their regular daily routine with near normal strength. Though they may not have normal energy levels, it will at least be near normal levels.
Cannabis helps HIV affected individuals in a lot of different ways and is a comprehensive treatment for the disease. It can be taken as a treatment option along with the other treatments being already used. This will help the affected people to get both the benefits of the regular treatment and the benefits of using cannabis.