Recent research by experts at the University of California shows that medical marijuana has the potential to reduce the symptoms and growth of the Hepatitis C virus. The study shows that medical marijuana can help patients adhere to often painful and challenging Hepatitis C medication.
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Hepatitis C is prevalent in New York
Over in New York, 146,500 people are suspected of having a chronic case of Hepatitis C. Experts say that a big percentage of the condition lies undiagnosed and that people that have it may not know that they do.
Medical marijuana is legal in New York, and all that patients need to access weed therapy for Hepatitis C is a doctor’s prescription and the medical marijuana card.
Hepatitis C is a condition of the liver caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). The virus is transmitted through infected blood, as in the case of shared needles in tattoo parlors.
The virus is also spread by blood transfusion and mother to child during birth. In a very small percentage of cases, sexual intercourse is the modality of transmission of the condition.
Hepatitis C is largely asymptomatic, and it may take several months or years for an infected person to show symptoms. In most cases, symptoms start to show when HCV leads to liver complications that require medical testing. If left untreated, hepatitis C can lead to liver cancer and death.
The state is committed to stopping Hepatitis C
Back in 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made official the state’s commitment to fighting Hepatitis C. He established a special Hepatitis C Elimination Taskforce to help reduce the spread of the virus. The task force is mandated to increase testing and accessibility to HCV medication in the state where HCV-related deaths are more than HIV-related deaths.
Hepatitis C is curable with a combination of advanced anti-retroviral medication. Although the medication cures HCV, it doesn’t guarantee immunity from getting it again. It is not a vaccine.
HVC therapy involves using two drugs, interferon, and ribavirin in two months. These are extremely expensive drugs that most a time Medicare and other insurers are unwilling to fund.
These medications further have nasty side effects, a combination of factors that leads to discontinuation of treatments for most diagnosed Hepatitis C cases. The result is that the condition worsens and develops into liver cirrhosis and cancer.
You can use medical marijuana to ease the side effects of HCV treatment
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, an NGO that pushes for the reformation of Marijuana laws, confirms that many Hepatitis C patients use weed to reduce nasty side effects from HCV medication.
Though insufficient, existing research supports the idea that the effects of CBD and THC tunes down HCV treatment side effects, just like it works for HIV and cancer patients. You can use medical marijuana to treat HCV therapy side effects such as:
- Dry mouth
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You can use weed to improve continuation of HCV treatment
A lot of Hepatitis C patients start on the anti-retroviral therapy only to quit before program completion. Smoking or vaping medical marijuana is helpful. It reduces the above-stated side effects of HCV pharmaceutical therapy, helping you continue with it to the end.
Most patients on the HCV treatment program have had to deal with the symptoms of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Clinical and laboratory studies show that there are many health benefits of combining medical marijuana and HCV medication with regard to mental health.
Weed can reduce HCV replication
In the study by the researchers at the University of California, the results showed that CBD‘s use reduced the growth of the HCV virus by about 86.4%. The right dosage concentration for that result was 10 µM, according to the study.
Experts believe that by using weed to treat Hepatitis C symptoms, you can successfully stop the virus’s multiplication in your body without damaging your liver cells. However, please note that the successful use of CBD against HCV is dose-dependent. You need a doctor’s prescription and assistance to get that right dose.
Weed can reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis
In another study cited by Pharmacy Times, the results showed that Hepatitis C patients that used cannabis had a lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis. These patients were healthier at the time of hospital discharge. They bore lower HCV treatment cots as well.
The study reviewed medical records of more than 900,000 hepatitis C patients in hospital data between 2007 and 2014. The researchers considered cannabis use, liver cirrhosis, and hospitalization outcomes such as costs and length of stay. The results revealed that using CBD accelerates healing from HCV and reduces costs and length of stay at hospitals.
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The take-home message
You can treat hepatitis C symptoms using medical marijuana in New York. Existing scientific data shows that medical marijuana alleviates the symptoms of the condition and reduces the side effects of HCV medication and stops the progression of the virus.
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