Can I Use My Minnesota Marijuana Card to Treat HIV/AIDS?
HIV is a Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana in Minnesota
Managing HIV symptoms can be a struggle, and any medication that offers hope and relief to HIV patients can be an invaluable tool to make life more bearable.
Not only that, but HIV is more common than some people realize. There are an estimated 1 million HIV positive people in America, with 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year.
Fortunately, HIV positive Minnesotans have a highly effective treatment available to them now in medical marijuana. Here is what HIV patients in Minnesota need to know about treating their condition with medical marijuana.
What Is HIV?
HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that attacks the immune system, impairing its ability to fight sickness.
Minor illnesses that take healthy people only a few days to get over can be severe medical crises for HIV patients. Even a common cold can be devastating to HIV positive people.
HIV invades the immune system’s T cells, using them to replicate itself. Consequently, an HIV positive person will always be HIV positive; there is no cure for HIV.
Besides weakening the immune system, making HIV sufferers more vulnerable to other threats, HIV causes its own symptoms. It’s these symptoms that HIV medications address and alleviate, since the virus cannot actually be eliminated. And many scientists now believe that medical marijuana is one of those treatments.
How Can Medical Marijuana Alleviate HIV Symptoms?
Medical marijuana has been proven to treat a number of common HIV symptoms.
Nausea, for example, a common HIV symptom, can be alleviated with medical marijuana.
And alleviating nausea can help address another HIV symptom; patients can eat more comfortably when their nausea is lessened, which helps counteract the weight loss commonly associated with HIV.
Chronic pain, another HIV symptom, can also be effectively and safely treated with medical marijuana.
According to some studies, medical marijuana may even slow HIV’s infiltration of the immune system. One study in particular showed that Denbinobin, a marijuana medication, can slow HIV’s progression.
This finding has led to theorizing among medical marijuana researchers that the medication may be able to treat HIV itself, not just its symptoms. If future research is equally promising, HIV patients may be able to lead longer, healthier lives thanks to medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana can also alleviate anxiety and depression, two symptoms often associated with HIV. HIV patients often feel depressed and alone as a result of the social stigma around the virus and the health problems it causes. Medical marijuana can relax their anxieties and help brighten their moods.
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Learn More About Medical Marijuana for HIV and AIDS in Minnesota
Medical marijuana can be highly beneficial for HIV sufferers, alleviating their symptoms, potentially slowing HIV’s progression, helping them live longer, more enjoyable lives.
Research is continuing, but medical marijuana has already proven to be an effective treatment option for HIV. That’s why Minnesota lawmakers recognized HIV as a qualifying condition to receive a Minnesota Marijuana Card. To learn more about treating HIV with medical marijuana, give us a call at (833) 781-6671.
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MinnesotaMarijuanaCards.com will be offering telemedicine appointments in the near future, so you can meet with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate marijuana doctors virtually via a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Reserve your evaluation today, and we will book an appointment for you just as soon as we’re permitted to do so. Not only that, but you’ll save $25 off of the cost of your appointment!