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Medical Marijuana And Hepatitis C

Medical Marijuana And Hepatitis C

Many patients use marijuana to fight against appetite and weight reduction in relation to hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a liver infection that is spread through the bloodstream and is commonly found among intravenous drug users. It will gradually destroy a person’s liver which makes alcohol a terrible idea for Hepatitis C patients. Of course, they’re also strongly advised to avoid illegal drugs because of the infection’s common link with drug abuse. In any event, marijuana might be helpful with treating hepatitis C. Obviously, marijuana is not injected and therefore won’t promote blood infections. It’s also been reported to keep former drug abusers away from alcohol and much more dangerous drugs like heroin or cocaine.

Regardless, the use of marijuana for hepatitis C continues to be controversial. Patients in liver transplant programs are often required to undergo urine testing to ensure that they are “drug free.” Of course, marijuana will show up on a urine test even if it’s a prescribed medication. Some hepatitis C patients have been known to pass away because they “failed” the drug test and thus could not stay in the transplant program.

Stern traditionalists defend this wanton discrimination based on the assumption that marijuana users, like alcohol and other drug users, have a poor prognosis for survival in light of their liver disease. In contrast, a few recent studies have suggested that there’s a correlation between daily cannabis use and liver fibrosis in hepatitis C patients (Ishisa and Hezode). But, the studies weren’t designed to reveal causality and, thus, might just reflect an inclination for patients with fibrosis to use more cannabis.

More convincingly, a study by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco and an Oakland substance abuse clinic found that marijuana use dramatically improved the effectiveness of hepatitis C therapy (Sylvestre). The study was conducted on 71 patients taking two anti-viral drugs—ribavarin and interferon—with severe side effects like nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, and depression. The drug regime was so intense and grueling that many patients simply quit. After 6 months, 86% of the patients who used marijuana on a daily basis had successfully completed treatment, versus 59% of those who did not use marijuana. In addition, 54% of the marijuana users showed a ”sustained virological response” with no signs of the virus six months after treatment. Only 18% of those who did not use marijuana achieved this response. The investigators concluded that marijuana probably helped by improving appetite, reducing depression, and helping patients to better tolerate the treatment.

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5 thoughts on “Medical Marijuana And Hepatitis C

By J. Paolo DeTamaro on 29 August 2014

I have been “clear’ of Hep-C virus for TEN YEARS because I have used, and still use, Cannabis. I was initially diagnosed as “Chronic”; my Dr. assumed I’d contracted it between 6 and 10+ years BEFORE diagnoses.
It IS THE REASON I COMPLETED MY Treatment as it IS as Bad as some chemotherapy-In fact it IS.
I am now in search of the research links to BOTH mentioned here.
Any help?
If ANYONE is beggining Intf+Rbvrn Therapy and has a question od 4,000-email me…
Peace to all.

By Jason Rios on 27 December 2014

I am getting ready for treatment of HCV. I live in texas and was wondering what the chances of getting cannabis proscribed might be. I know its a long shot but I want to complete the treatment.

By randall eric Huffman on 9 February 2015

I want to try treatments but I have a guardian who is closed minded and a paun for community of mental health n they are against any non righteous treatments they have no concern about my comfort

By chester on 21 March 2015

I was thinking the same I’m going to start treatment I want to ease the symptoms

By carol on 3 April 2015

i want to get treatment but the cost is crazy with no insurance and the fact there is so many variables of treatment i would like to know what others have used ??? i smoke weed everyday so i will eat because i figure i want to put on a few pounds before going through the treatment any suggestions or advice is welcome

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