Do we often receive enquiries from patients who would like to know what the science says about cannabis oil for HIV/AIDs treatment? HIV is a virus (human immunodeficiency virus) that attacks the immune system, which is the body’s baseline of health and defence against disease. The virus kills the T-helper cells (white blood cells in the immune system, also called CD4 cells), making copies of itself inside these cells. The virus then kills the cells and gradually kills the immune system as it makes more copies of itself. So as the immune system dissolves and so does the person’s health, and they cannot fight off any infections or diseases. It can take a few years to up to 15 years for the immune system to totally break down, also dependent on age, health and social context. Eventually, that person has AIDS, which is the last phase of HIV and will lead to death. Cannabis oil can slow down this process of immune system destruction and assist the patient with the side effects of the disease.
How Can Cannabis Oil Benefit HIV/AIDS?
Cannabis oil is a panacea for many conditions, including nausea, vomiting, pain, depression and anxiety. These are all very real symptoms of HIV. Cannabis contains cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which interact with the human endocannabinoid system to ensure the innate balance of moods, hormones, metabolism and sleep patterns. HIV is all about the eventual break down of the immune system, so cannabis oil can help. It can also relieve inflammation, neural pain and general pain associated with peripheral neuropathy – pain caused by HIV when nerves in the peripheral nervous system are harmed and twitch, or there is the loss of muscle and coordination. CBD will also take the edge off pain killers or other drugs prescribed to treat HIV, yet which have terrible side effects.
Cannabis Therapy suggested treatment guidelines:
Panacea THC/CBD tincture and the patient can take five drops twice daily (morning and night).