Summary of HIV/AIDS
There are approximately one million people living with HIV/AIDS. Research continues to develop treatments and care plans, successfully changing the face of HIV and AIDS. With proper daily nutrition, medical care and safe, effective alternative treatments, HIV/AIDS no longer signifies a death sentence. Diligent research and alternative treatments have resulted in many individuals experiencing normal life expectancies. So much so, the medical community is adding focus to the increased numbers of elderly patients living with the disease. Many patients living with HIV/AIDS have reported using Medical Cannabis/Marijuana has helped as a safe and effective alternative over pharmaceutical drugs.
HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a virus attacking the immune system. This virus forms when the body contracts HIV. Contraction of this disease is due, but not limited to contaminated hypodermic needles as well as unscreened contaminated blood transfusions and transmission of body fluids during unprotected sex. Mothers are also capable of passing HIV to their child when pregnant.
Individuals living with HIV/AIDS may experience many symptoms. These may include:
- Ulcers – Primarily in mouth/genital region.
- Lymph Glands – Enlarged lymph glands, particularly in neck region.
- Digestive Disorders – Diarrhea/nausea/appetite loss.
- Vision – Changes including blurred vision.
- Sleep patterns – Night sweats during sleep.
- Breathing Rhythms – Breath shortness/persistent cough.
- Body Aches – Joint/muscle soreness.
- Skin Changes – Skin bumps/rashes.
- Decreased Energy – Persistent fatigue.
- Body temperature – Chronic fever/headaches.
There is well-documented evidence for medical cannabis/marijuana as an alternative treatment for HIV/AIDS patients. Incorporating cannabis treatment has a history dating back over 2000 years. Recent studies published in the Medical Journal PLoS One (huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/marijuana-fights-aids_n_1373224.html) states “The study found that cannabinoid receptors are triggered by marijuana-like compounds and can actually block the spread of the HIV virus throughout the body.”
Many current antiretroviral drug treatments for HIV/AIDS increase the negative symptoms of HIV/AIDS including nausea, rash, body fat loss and lipid abnormalities involving heart disease and diabetes. The natural ingredient in cannabis; THC reduces and in many cases eliminates these symptoms. Studies reflect the use of medical cannabis/marijuana is an effective natural alternative for pain management.