Hepatitis C

Decreases fatigue, nausea, and chronic pain in muscles and joints. Increases appetite.
Testimonial of E.F.
I am suffering from both Hepatitis C and Bi-Polar Affective Disorder. The latter illness causes me to be in a constant state of stress and high anxiety, while the former results in various stomach problems such as pain, indigestion and appetite. I also suffer from insomnia. Cannabis helps me cope with my illnesses by reducing my stress and anxiety, and by stimulating both my appetite and sleep. In general, the use of cannabis allows me to experience laughter and joy in my daily life.... [...More]
Hepatitis C, Mental health
Testimonial of C.H.
I have been diagnosed with HIV, and Hepatitis B and C. I am on a strict regimented daily intake of three HIV drugs (Crixivan, Stavudine and Lamivudine). Although these drugs have saved my life, I suffer terrible side effects from them. I get headaches, I am unable to eat, and my sleep pattern is so disrupted that I suffer from extreme fatigue. Before I joined the BC Compassion Club Society, my weight was 94 pounds, my viral load count was 1 million parts/mm, and my T-cell count was below 100. I was very close to death and unable to take my medication, eat or sleep.... [...More]
Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS
Testimonial of E.W.
In addition to being HIV positive, I suffer from Hepatitis B and C, arthritis, a peptic ulcer, a hyper thyroid and chronic depression. All of these conditions have debilitating symptoms such as wasting (extreme weight loss), night sweats, lethargy and pain. I also suffer side effects from the drugs I am forced to take.... [...More]
Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus and Cannabis Use in Illicit Drug User Patients: Implications and Questions
A study that suggests that cannabis use may benefit treatment retention and outcomes in illicit drug users undergoing HCV treatment. In fact, there is substantial evidence that cannabis use may help address key challenges faced by drug users in HCV treatment (e.g., nausea, depression), especially when such treatment occurs in the context of methadone maintenance treatment which may amplify these consequences. You may also read the press release associated with this study.
Medical Marijuana Boosts Hepatitis C Treatment in New Study
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A study from the University of California, San Francisco, published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, suggests that medical marijuana boosts the success of treatment for the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Untreated HCV can lead to liver failure and death, but the study found that marijuana users being treated for HCV were three times more likely to have a "sustained virological response" -- i.e. HCV could not be detected six months after they completed treatment.... [...More]
Cannabis Use and Hepatitis C Treatment Outcomes
Published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2006 -- A researcher at the University of Berkley discovered that people using cannabis in conjunction with their interferon treatments had better success rates then those who were not using cannabis. We wanted to understand if the increased success rates were due to people being able to complete their treatments because they were managing the side effects of interferon with cannabis, or if there is a beneficial interaction between interferon and cannabis.... [...More]
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