Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a retro virus that attacks the human immune system and causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) – a condition that slowly wears away at the immune system, making those suffering from it progressively more susceptible to life threatening disease.
This Research set out to assess the therapeutic use of marijuana in HIV patients. It was concluded that despite the many legal barriers, many HIV suffers use marijuana as part of their treatments and appeared to gain a positive therapeutic effect from it. Published in the journal AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV.
This study recognises those suffering from HIV to be one of the largest groups of medical marijuana users, but states that no studies have been conducted to compare efficiency of its oral use in this situation. It was found that in comparison to a placebo group, those smoking cannabis exhibited increased food intake and were not impaired by the intoxication. Published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
Research outlined how marijuana could potentially affect the use of other HIV medication. The aim of the research was to assess whether there was any negative impact to marijuana’s use. It was found that the short term use of marijuana did not appear to impact the viral load within the participants, suggesting that marijuana did not have a negative effect when used in conjunction with other medicine. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.