Cannabinoids and HIV
Discovered in the ’80s by French researchers, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the body’s immune system, in turn making people very vulnerable to diseases. At the systematic level, HIV destroys cells that are part of the immune system that are responsible for generating antibodies. Therefore, people with HIV lose their natural ability to defend against viruses and bacteria.
Several clinical studies have shown the positive effects that medical cannabis can have on people living with HIV . The use of cannabinoids has been scientifically proven to be effective in combating the symptoms that accompany HIV.
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- Improves impotence
- Reduces nausea
- Improved neuropathy
Cannabinoids work on people with HIV on several fronts serving as analgesics, antidepressants and improves appetite normally lost after the treatments. It also reduces nausea and allows for improvement in general.
Interaction of Cannabinoids with HIV
The analgesic effect of cannabinoids significantly helps people who suffer from muscle and joint pain due to the HIV. In addition, treatments involving the use of cannabinoids have proven to be effective. For instance, there were increased levels of fat and food intake in patients suffering from a loss of appetite. Another effect is relief from nausea, one of the most common symptoms among people with HIV.
Some of the other side effects include social pressure, rejection or side effects from drugs used in antiretroviral treatments derived often in depression, anxiety and mood swings. In this regard, studies published between 2005 and 2007 have shown that patients who used medical cannabis increased their levels of self-esteem, or feelings of friendship and empathy.
According to research by Wen Jiang (2005), the illicit drug, cannabinoides is the only one able to promote neurogenesis in the hippocampus after chronic administration. For a solution, the study associated with HU210 produced a synthetic cannabinoid with increasing neurogenesis; therefore, it has anxiolytic-antidepressant effects in people with HIV.
Another study in the same year revealed that 94% of patients who underwent treatments with cannabinoids reduced their muscle pain; 85% decreased the product of NP and 90% reported an improvement in peripheral neuropathy paresthesias.
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