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Empowered Health - Using marijuana to manage pain (video)
Our member talks about medical cannabis helping ease side effects from HIV/AIDS medication. You can also read an article here: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Living+with+AIDS/6341526/story.html... [...More]
Testimonial of C.H.
I have been diagnosed with HIV, and Hepatitis B and C. I am on a strict regimented daily intake of three HIV drugs (Crixivan, Stavudine and Lamivudine). Although these drugs have saved my life, I suffer terrible side effects from them. I get headaches, I am unable to eat, and my sleep pattern is so disrupted that I suffer from extreme fatigue. Before I joined the BC Compassion Club Society, my weight was 94 pounds, my viral load count was 1 million parts/mm, and my T-cell count was below 100. I was very close to death and unable to take my medication, eat or sleep.... [...More]
Testimonial of J.V.
I am a 28 year old responsible member of society who suffers daily with the AIDS virus. Upon being diagnosed in June of 1996, I began a strict drug schedule consisting of several strong anti-viral drugs, the side effects of which are almost as awful as the disease itself. Due to the side effects, I suffered terribly and lost 50 pounds, bottoming out at a mere 125 lbs. on my normally 175 pound frame. I struggled for an entire year before a family member finally convinced me to try cannabis. Suddenly my pills became much more tolerable and my appetite returned.... [...More]
Testimonial of E.W.
In addition to being HIV positive, I suffer from Hepatitis B and C, arthritis, a peptic ulcer, a hyper thyroid and chronic depression. All of these conditions have debilitating symptoms such as wasting (extreme weight loss), night sweats, lethargy and pain. I also suffer side effects from the drugs I am forced to take.... [...More]
Testimonial of D.H.
I often experience nausea, neuropathy (pain in my feet, hands and legs), depression and lack of appetite because I am HIV positive. Without cannabis, I have to wait at least two hours after getting up before I eat because of nausea and a lack of appetite, and throughout the rest of the day I can only eat small amounts. When I smoke cannabis, however, the pain is bearable and I have an appetite. I get my medicine from the BC Compassion Club because they provide me with clean affordable cannabis (for free if I have no money) in an environment that is conducive to healing.... [...More]
Testimonial of J.L.
I have been HIV positive for the past 18 years. The AIDS virus is a debilitating disease which results in symptoms such as nausea, peripheral neuropathy (pain in my legs, hands and feet), indigestion, weight loss and insomnia. I have tried all of the prescription drugs available, and none have been nearly as effective as cannabis. Cannabis helps to keep my weight regular (thus enabling me to better fight my disease) by easing stomach upsets and boosting my appetite. It also works as a pain reliever and a sleep aid.... [...More]
Testimonial of M.M.
I have been suffering from the HIV virus since I was 1 year old. The treatment I receive to fight this disease is quite harsh; I suffer from insomnia, and I often have no appetite. In addition to HIV, I suffer from hemophilia. Cannabis helps me in several ways. It stimulates my appetite, helps me to sleep, and it relieves the pain of bleeding joints caused by my hemophilia.... [...More]
Marijuana Helps Ease HIV Nerve Pain
http://www.cbc.ca -- Smoking marijuana helps relieve the aching, burning nerve pain associated with HIV, a clinical trial suggests.... [...More]
Cannabis as Therapy for People Living with HIV/AIDS: “Our Right, Our Choice”
By the Canadian AIDS Society. -- This study examined the legal, ethical and human rights issues related to access and regulation of cannabis for therapeutic purposes for people living with HIV/AIDS. The BCCCS was honoured to be a key informant in this incredible project that will benefit all those who use cannabis as a medicine. ... [...More]
Cannabinoids in Medicine: A Review of Their Therapeutic Potential
Published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology -- Seventy-two controlled studies evaluating the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids were identified. For each clinical trial, the country where the project was held, the number of patients assessed, the type of study and comparisons done, the products and the dosages used, their efficacy and their adverse effects are described.... [...More]
Testimony of Lester Grinspoon, M.D.
Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee, I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you this morning to share my views on the use of marihuana as a medicine.... [...More]