HIV/AIDS Marijuana Studies

WSJ Team September 17, 2010 0

A study led by the United States government was conducted on 50 AIDS patients suffering from debilitating nerve pain.  In this five-day study patients smoked three marijuana cigarettes a day, and resulted in more than half of the participants displaying a significant reduction in pain.  On the other hand, less than one quarter of participants who smoked the placebo-pot reported benefits.  Pain was measured on a scale of 1 to 100 with two standard tests, one being a small hot iron held to the skin and the other being a hot chili pepper cream.  The participants smoked government-grown pot at specific times of the day and were given strict instruction on how to go about smoking.  The researchers concluded that marijuana has an effective result on AIDS and should be further expanded upon.

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A study led by Dr. Donald I. Abrams, from the University of California at San Francisco was conducted on 67 HIV infected patients to test whether marijuana use accelerates HIV infection. Infected patients were randomly assigned to use marijuana cigarettes, cannabinoid capsules, or a placebo sugar pill.  Cannabinoid use and marijuana caused a slight increase in CD4+ or CD8+ cell counts and suggests that short-term cannabinoid use is not unsafe for patients with HIV infection.

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A study led by a cultivation collective in Northern California was conducted on 264 patients who suffer from various diseases including AIDS in order to assess the effectiveness of marijuana.  Patients were asked to use a scale from 0 to 10 on applicable symptoms before and after they smoked.  This study took place over a span of 4 years.  The results of this study showed that the medium average level of pain reported dropped significantly following consumption of marijuana.  suggest that marijuana can help reduce pain and nausea, improve appetites, and help people sleep better.

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