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AIDS and Medical Marijuana

March 20, 2010

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the term for conditions caused by Human Immune-deficiency Virus (HIV). AIDS gradually reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and opens the door for a variety of opportunistic infections. Thus, people suffering from AIDS may have myriad combinations of ailments caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites that would be fought off by the immune system of a healthy individual. Additionally, AIDS patients are at an increased risk for several cancers, particularly Kaposi’s sarcoma and lymphomas.

While the struggle to find a cure or even a vaccination for HIV/AIDS continues, to date treatment is primarily limited to trying to control the HIV and then treating or mitigating the individual conditions with an emphasis on prolonging and maintaining quality of life for the patient.

Obviously patients with such a variety of afflictions must be very careful when selecting forms of treatment, and options can be limited. As such, marijuana is becoming an increasingly popular treatment, either in conjunction with conventional treatment or where conventional treatment has failed. Marijuana is credited in particular by several national health agencies with improving the appetites of patients suffering from “wasting syndrome”, or loss of appetite frequently associated with the disease, that causes patients to quickly lose weight.  Marijuana can also mitigate pain and reduce nausea.

Proposition 215, also known as the California Compassionate Use Act, was the product of a campaign started by someone who had cared for someone who used marijuana to treat several symptoms associated with the disease. The CCUA allows patients with a variety of illnesses to possess and use marijuana provided they have a recommendation signed by a licensed California physician.

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