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best strains for hiv care

Best Strains for HIV Care

Medically Reviewed by: Christine A. Doerbecker, BS, RPh

Approximately 1.1 million Americans currently have HIV, with numbers declining each year due to advanced treatment and screening. While there is no cure for HIV or AIDS, there have been significant advancements made in treatment of the virus and related symptoms.

Medical marijuana may be effective in treating the symptoms of HIV and side effects from treatment. Today, we’ll explore the relationship between marijuana and HIV and the best strains for HIV care.

What is HIV?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). HIV is transmitted through certain bodily fluids—infected blood, semen, or vaginal fluids. It interferes with the body’s ability to fight infection. While there is no cure for HIV or AIDS, antiretroviral therapy (ART) is used to treat HIV. ART dramatically slows the progression of HIV to AIDS.

While the first cases of HIV were reported in the US in June 1981, the first case of HIV worldwide dates back to 1959. AIDS cases and deaths rapidly increased in the 1980s. But, by the late 1990s, new cases and deaths sharply declined.

There has been significant progress made with the HIV and AIDS since its first cases appeared worldwide and in the US. Total life expectancy of a person living with HIV has nearly doubled from 39 to 70 years in a 15-year period. Likewise, the mortality rate has significantly decreased from 78% to 15%.

Eat Healthy

You are what you eat—there’s no denying that. Changing your diet is usually a good first place to start with so many conditions including intractable pain. Shoot for a well-balanced diet: low sodium and low fat, plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, and lean meats. Even making incremental changes, like reducing sugar, which may cause inflammation, could help decrease your pain.

Can Medical Marijuana Help Treat HIV?

While medical marijuana cannot cure HIV or AIDS, it can be effective in treating the side effects from ART, as well as the symptoms of HIV. Here are examples of how medical marijuana can effectively help in HIV treatment:

  • A common side effect of ART and symptom of HIV is peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when your nerves are damaged. Resultantly, you can experience stabbing, burning, or tingling sensations in your hands and feet. Medical Marijuana, especially strains with higher CBD content can reduce the nerve pain from peripheral neuropathy.
  • Another common symptom of HIV is wasting. Wasting is extreme weight loss caused by malaise and loss of appetite. Marijuana can increase the appetites of those who suffer from HIV.

One additional thing to consider for patients is that depression and related mental health challenges can be associated with HIV. Anxiety is one of the 23 approved conditions for a medical marijuana card in PA, and medical marijuana can be an important part of care plans.

Now, let’s explore the best strains for HIV care.

Strains for HIV Care

Here are some of the best strains for HIV care:

  • Green Crack: A sativa strain, Green Crack is known for its energetic and cerebral effects. It’s helpful in treating pain and fatigue.
  • Blue Dream (CBD): Blue Dream with CBD will provide functional relief of anxiety, depression, pain, and muscle tension.
  • GG #4: This strain will be beneficial for pain, muscle relaxation, anxiety and mood elevation    
  • Girl Scout Cookie: A sativa-dominant hybrid energizes your mind and relaxes your body. Best for treating depression and pain.

The licensed pharmacists at Solevo Wellness are available to talk about a treatment plan for for HIV management along with the other approved conditions in the state of PA. We have options available to purchase medical marijuana online and licensed patients can sign up here for Online Reserve. For more information, check out our FAQ page or contact us today.