Cannabis Not Harmful to Immune Systems of HIV Patients, Study Finds

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According to research published in Drug and Alcohol Review, patients co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C Virus (HCV) who use medical cannabis to manage their symptoms will not further damage their immune systems. A team of researchers from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research led by Fabienne Marcellin gathered information from 955 HIV and HCV patients to examine if cannabis use affected their circulating CD4 T-cell count. Using self-administered questionnaires, the team determined cannabis use was not associated with significant changes in CD4 T-cell count. Marijuana could be a particularly beneficial method for symptom management due to its ability to improve appetite, and reduce muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression. 

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