Medical Marijuana for Hepatitis C
What Causes Hepatitis C?
Symptoms are caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). The virus spreads when blood from an infected person enters a healthy person’s bloodstream. HCV exists in distinct forms known as genotypes. Universally, seven different HCV genotypes and over 67 subtypes have been discovered. In the United States, type I HCV is the most common. Treatment recommendations of chronic hepatitis C vary depending on the genotype.
Why Use Medical Marijuana for Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation. If left untreated, it can lead to severe liver damage. Hep C spreads through infected blood, mainly through sharing needles. It can also be transmitted through:
- The birth process, from an infected mother to the infant
- Tattoo needles
- Sexual contact
- Blood transfusion
Marijuana does not treat Hepatitis C or the complications leading to liver cirrhosis. It is, however, effective in reducing the side effects caused by the drugs prescribed.
Compassionate Certification Centers can help you decide whether medical marijuana is beneficial, safe, and effective in your treatment journey.
Qualifying Conditions to Use Medical Marijuana for Hepatitis C
As stated earlier, medical marijuana is not a treatment for hepatitis C, but it can be used alongside other treatments, as per your doctor’s instructions. However, it has the potential to offer therapeutic benefits to patients.
If you suffer from symptoms like nausea, chronic pain, or fatigue, cannabis may provide relief. Different ways of administering the drug include smoke inhalation, edibles, cannabis pills, or tinctures absorbed under the tongue.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C
Below is a high-level list of symptoms associated with HCV:
- Dark yellow urine
- Gray- or clay-colored stools
- Joint pain
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Pain in your abdomen
- Jaundice (yellowish eyes and skin)
How Can Medical Marijuana Help?
Medical marijuana’s side effects are usually mild and are classified as low risk. Typically, patients report feeling euphoric and more relaxed. Marijuana has mood-elevating and pain-killing properties that provide relief and enable your body to heal.
Scientific studies and evidence show that medical marijuana is safe and effective in helping patients cope with side effects such as nausea and insomnia.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card for Hepatitis C
Due to the seriousness of HCV, many states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to get your medical marijuana card:
- Register over the phone or online
- Talk to a medical marijuana doctor
- Get your medical marijuana card
Compassionate Certification Centers is here to provide you with the support, care, and guidance you need to get certified for a medical marijuana card. Schedule an appointment with us at 888-316-9085 to start your evaluation process!
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the relationship between hepatitis C and marijuana?
Medical marijuana may be effective in reducing nausea associated with medications used to treat a hepatitis c virus infection. It can also be used as an alternative treatment for some of the complications that lead to liver disease and cirrhosis. Talk to your doctor about whether medical marijuana would be right for you.
Does hep C go away?
Hepatitis C is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus that doesn’t go away on its own. Most people don’t know they have hepatitis C until liver damage shows up, decades later. Hepatitis C is spread from person to person through contact with blood and spreads easily.
How long can u live with hep C?
With hepatitis C, the liver becomes seriously damaged due to inflammation. In some cases, patients can experience advanced liver disease, which is known as cirrhosis. Because hepatitis C does not always cause early symptoms, it is possible for someone to be carrying the virus for years or even decades before being diagnosed. With hepatitis C, the liver becomes seriously damaged due to inflammation. In some cases, patients can experience advanced liver disease, which is known as cirrhosis. Because hepatitis C does not always cause early symptoms, it is possible for someone to be carrying the virus for years or even decades before being diagnosed”
Is marijuana a safe treatment option?
Medical marijuana is a safe treatment option, though some individuals may have some minor side effects. Marijuana affects everyone differently, so it’s recommended that you undergo a medical evaluation for allergies and other potential issues before trying to use it for treatment.