Florida Medical Marijuana Qualification Conditions

HIV/AIDS

WHAT IS HIV/AIDS?

HIV is a virus that attacks cells in the bodies immune system, which is our body’s natural defence against illness. The virus destroys  T-helper cell or CD4, a type of white blood cell in the immune system, and makes copies of itself inside these cells.

As HIV destroys more T-helper cells and makes more copies of itself, it gradually weakens a person’s immune system. This means that someone who has HIV will find it harder and harder to fight off infections and diseases unless taking antiretroviral treatment.

If left untreated, it can take up to 10 or 15 years for the immune system to be so severely damaged that it can no longer defend itself at all. However, the rate at which HIV progresses varies depending on age, background and general health.

HIV/AIDS SYMPTOMS

Many people experience mild flu-like symptoms which go away after a few weeks. Patients may not experience noticeable symptoms again for several years, until the disease is advanced. For this reason, it is important to get tested if you think you might have HIV or be at risk.

Early symptoms include:

  • Fever and night sweats
  • Swollen glands
  • Frequent yeast infections
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Skin problems, sores, and rashes

Advanced symptoms may include:

  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain
  • Mental confusion and short-term memory loss
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping

Get Pre-Approved Instantly​! Medical Marijuana Screening Evaluation

The first step in getting a Florida medical marijuana card is to obtain your medical records and receive a signed physician’s statement from a doctor. Complete our online free screening evaluation to see if you qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in the state of Florida.

 

HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA HELPS HIV/AIDS PATIENTS

Marijuana has long been recognized as an effective treatment for HIV/AIDS symptoms and medication side effects.

According to a 2004 study published by the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome:

“Relief from anxiety and depression were among the most frequently reported reasons for smoking cannabis, followed by appetite stimulation and relief of nausea.”

As researchers note:

Nausea and anorexia are frequently cited as reasons for delayed or missed doses and discontinuation of ART, so if you can control these side effects, patients will miss less doses. 

However, marijuana may offer more that just symptom relief. In 2012, researchers announced:

“Data from our controlled studies in non-human primates show chronic THC administration prior to and during simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection ameliorates disease progression, and attenuates viral load and tissue inflammation, significantly reducing morbidity and mortality.”

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