HIV-positive and still living life to the fullest

In Western industrialized nations, the “Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome” – AIDS for short – is no longer a death sentence. The disease is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and can be well controlled with medication: Those who receive timely and regular treatment with antiviral agents can now expect an average life expectancy with […]

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HIV and AIDS: medical cannabis as a treatment

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus responsible for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)[1], which is a weakened and vulnerable state of the immune system[2]. Without any treatment, the life expectancy of a person suffering from HIV is from 9 to 11 years[3].  AIDS is the most advanced form of HIV infection. At this […]

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New findings on the effect of cannabis on HIV

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) affects about 36 million people worldwide. The disease, which is transferred by contact with body fluids (e.g. blood, sperm and vaginal secretion), shows the destruction of the cells of the immune system. Since the discovery in the 1980s, there have been about 35 million people that died. The fact that […]

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Cannabis could prevent the development of a fatty liver in HIV-HCV co-infected patients

Hepatitis C is found in those affected by a liver inflammation caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), on the other hand, is a virus that attacks the immune system of the affected person and can cause AIDS. Both HIV and hepatitis C can be transmitted by blood. Those who […]

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Full spectrum – therapeutic benefits

Medical cannabis contains more than 100 phytocannabinoids, the best known being the psychotropic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the non-psychotropic cannabidiol (CBD). However, the more than 500 plant constituents also include other biologically active substances, especially terpenes and flavonoids. Numerous studies and experiences of many cannabis patients show that preparations from the whole cannabis plant, so-called full-spectrum […]

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Medical cannabis: from wonder drug to hate object

Doctors in Germany have been allowed to prescribe medicines containing cannabinoids for five years now. Nevertheless, the prescription of medicinal cannabis continues to meet with skepticism – from patients and experts alike. Why is that the case? A look at history provides some explanations. China: Cannabis as medicine mentioned for the first time Today, medicinal […]

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Flavonoids in cannabis

Cannabis is mostly associated with phytocannabinoids such as the psychotropic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Research shows that other constituents – terpenes and flavonoids – influence the therapeutic effect, which is called the entourage effect. Although the coloured flavonoids are widespread in the plant kingdom, little is known about their medicinal effects. Here we explain what these plant […]

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Side effects of cannabinoids

Like other medicines, medicinal cannabis can cause side effects. These are mainly triggered by the active substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most important psychotropic cannabinoid. The non-intoxicating cannabidiol (CBD) is considered to be well tolerated, but can also produce undesirable effects. Compared to many other medicines, cannabis is well tolerated: If the prescribing doctor takes into […]

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Cannabidiol (CBD) and sport

Whether it’s a training plan or optimised nutrition – athletes use various strategies to improve their physical performance and achieve training goals. CBD is also increasingly coming into focus: cannabidiol (CBD) has anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and neuroprotective effects and can support the healing process of sports injuries. Athletes can also benefit from anxiety-relieving and sleep-promoting effects […]

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The most important cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN) and their therapeutic effects

There are over 100 different phytocannabinoids in the cannabis plant that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The best known is the psychotropic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), while cannabidiol (CBD) is the most common non-intoxicating cannabinoid. In addition, among the numerous phytocannabinoids, cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabinol (CBN) have important therapeutic effects. The chemical structure […]

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