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Treating the Symptoms of Hepatitis C With Medical Marijuana

Are you a Virginian with Hepatitis C or the caregiver for a loved one managing this disease? Getting a medical marijuana card in Virginia for yourself or your loved one can help you or the one in your care experience relief from many of the symptoms associated with this disease! Medical marijuana, too, can act as an essential form of therapeutic support, allowing those with Hep C to stick with their other treatment protocols. That’s good news for many in the Commonwealth, where medical marijuana continues to be a safe and legal option for those seeking natural therapies!

How Hepatitis C Impacts the Body

In order to understand how medical marijuana can help, it’s important to start with a clear understanding of how Hepatitis C affects the body. Hepatitis C can remain undetected for years, incurring damage in the body long before any signs are apparent. This viral disease damages the liver over time, eventually triggering the signs and symptoms of liver disease. These symptoms can include:

  • Bleeding and bruising easily

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Pain

  • Poor appetite

  • Jaundice

  • Itchy skin

  • Fluid buildup in the stomach

  • Swelling in the legs

  • Weight loss

  • Hepatic encephalopathy

  • Spider veins on the skin

Another common symptom that causes a number of complications for those with Hep C is nausea. This nausea, in turn, can lead to a significant loss of appetite, further weakening the system. The nausea associated with Hep C can also prevent patients from taking their medications on a regular basis, leading to further complications.

Medical Marijuana and How it Helps Hep C Patients

Medical marijuana does not affect the hard outcomes of Hep C (i.e. infection, liver damage, etc.) but the work it does in support of the medications that do can be essential to a patient’s success.

What medical marijuana does is help address some of the symptoms associated with this disease, including nausea, pain, and loss of appetite. The work it does in assuaging these symptoms can help patients feel well enough and strong enough to stick with their treatment protocols. Several studies have shown that taking medical marijuana can help make the antiviral medications used to treat Hepatitis C more tolerable, primarily because it does such a good job of alleviating nausea.

Patients are able to finish the full course of their medications and experience better results in the long term. Patients are also often able to regain their appetites, sleep better and experience less pain and anxiety.

Medical Marijuana Doesn't Damage the Liver!

Some patients with liver damage from Hepatitis C might be concerned that taking medical marijuana will further damage this vital organ. The great news is that medical marijuana does no further damage to the liver. A study conducted at the University of Ottawa showed that ingesting medical marijuana incurs no damage to the liver, making it a safe intervention for many patients.

How to Take Medical Marijuana For Hepatitis C

Patients with Hep C have a number of options to consider when taking this medication. They can inhale the medicine by smoking whole flower, for example, or ingest edibles in gummy form. There are also medical marijuana tinctures available that patients can take orally under the tongue. Finally, patients can also vape medical marijuana using vape pens.

The first step, however, is consulting with a certified doctor who can recommend medical marijuana as a treatment. With this recommendation in hand, Hep C patients can then go to their local dispensary and find the natural remedies they need to feel relief from this frustrating disease!

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card and Experience Relief from Hepatitis C's Symptoms!

Medical marijuana is a safe and legal option for Virginians looking to address their symptoms related to Hep C with the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

Schedule an appointment with an online VA medical marijuana doctor today to start gaining access to safe and legal cannabis products, including tinctures, flower, concentrates and more for your loved one or patient!


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