Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

If you or a loved one is struggling with HIV/AIDS, you should know that medical marijuana is now available in Pennsylvania for treating symptoms of this condition.

HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a contagion that primarily affects the immune system of the body. AIDS, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, is a severe condition which is caused by HIV. It is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system of the body loses its ability to defend against disease-causing organisms. Essentially, AIDS is an advanced stage of an HIV infection.

Gone are the days when marijuana was considered only a psychotropic drug in the United States. In addition to treating chronic pain, anxiety, and a number of other qualifying conditions, many people are using medical marijuana to manage their HIV/AIDS symptoms.

What Causes HIV/AIDS?

HIV/AIDS is typically transmitted when infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions enters the body. Below are the most common ways a person contracts HIV/AIDS:

  • Having sexual intercourse with an infected person
  • Sharing syringes and needles with the infected person
  • Blood transfusion from an infected person to an uninfected person
  • Transmission from an infected mother to a child during pregnancy

Common Symptoms of HIV/AIDS

Untreated or undertreated HIV infection may result in the patient developing AIDS. Some common symptoms in case of HIV/AIDS include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry cough
  • Persistent high fever
  • Fatigue
  • Appetite loss
  • Night sweating
  • Sore throat
  • White spots on the tongue
  • Continuous diarrhea

Qualifying Conditions of HIV/AIDS

  • Acute HIV Infection
  • AIDS Related Complex (ARC)
  • Asymptomatic HIV Infection
  • Cachexia Associated with HIV/AIDS
  • Cognitive Impairment Due to HIV/AIDS
  • Symptomatic HIV Infection
  • HIV/AIDS Associated Histoplasmosis
  • HIV/AIDS CDC Stage A3 – C3
  • HIV/AIDS Dementia Complex
  • HIV/AIDS in Childbirth
  • HIV/AIDS in Nephropathy
  • HIV/AIDS in Postpartum
  • HIV/AIDS in Pregnancy
  • HIV/AIDS Lipoatrophy
  • HIV/AIDS Myelitis
  • HIV/AIDS Related Cognitive Impairment
  • HIV/AIDS Related Non Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • HIV/AIDS Wasting Disease
  • HIV/AIDS with Dementia
  • HIV/AIDS with Polyneuropathy
  • Lipoatrophy Due to HIV Infection and Treatment
  • Myelitis Due to HIV/AIDS
  • Nephropathy Due to HIV/AIDS

Why Cannabis HIV Treatment?

Conventional treatment of HIV/AIDS involves the use of drugs called antiretroviral. Though these drugs are helpful in treating the disease, but in most cases, they cause side effects like nausea, vomiting, depression, anxiety, weight loss, and cachexia, which can lead to AIDS wasting syndrome.

These side effects can be severe enough to force the patient to abandon the treatment thereby making the disease worse. According to a report in the Journal for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, cannabis contains cannabinoids such as THC and terpenoids, which can help treat side effects from antiretroviral therapy, as well as the symptoms associated with the disease itself.

Below are a few examples of the benefits of medical marijuana for HIV/AIDS:

  • Stimulates appetite
  • Reduces nausea
  • Manages continuous vomiting
  • Reduces joint and muscle pain
  • Reduces peripheral neuropathic pain

Other studies have shown that medical marijuana helps manage inflammation of the brain caused by HIV/AIDS by restricting the virus from attaching to cells and restraining the virus from replicating.

Medical Marijuana Studies and Results

  • A study conducted by Columbia University in 2007, states that HIV/AIDS patients who inhaled cannabis four times daily reported a substantial increase in food intake without any impairment of cognitive performance
  • A survey conducted in 2005 on 143 HIV patients who used cannabis states that around 130 patients reported improvement in their nerve pain. More than 94% of the patients reported improvements in muscle pain while approximately 93% reported positive results in depression and anxiety
  • A study found that among 450 patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy, 67 admitted that cannabis improved their symptoms

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card for HIV/AIDS

Given that marijuana is a controlled substance prohibited by the federal government, the possession of medical marijuana identification (ID) cards for the affliction is vital to avoid any potential civil and criminal penalties at the state level. The procedure for getting the card for marijuana usage is simple:

  • Patients with HIV/AIDS will need a signed copy of the physician’s recommendation and proof of residency of the state can register online for an appointment to start the approval process
  • This involves a review of the medical history, followed by discussions, and an examination by a doctor to confirm his/her condition meets the criteria for treatment
  • Once a card has been obtained, the registered user can buy effective strains of accurately labeled marijuana products through state-approved dispensaries, and health clinics without any fear of facing legal issues, potential fines or jail time

Are you looking to get a medical marijuana card for yourself or for someone you care for? Contact us today at 888-316-9085 or info@cccenters.org.