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Hepatitis C

December 2, 2019

One of the qualifying conditions for the use of medical marijuana as designated by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy is Hepatitis C.  Unfortunately, Hepatitis C has carried a stigma for decades as it has become more and more widely known around the world.  The following information is intended to dispel any lingering stigma as well as to serve as an entry point for someone looking to potentially incorporate medical marijuana into a well balanced treatment regimen.

Hepatitis C is a contagious disease which is caused by a virus infecting the liver.  Discovered in 1989, the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the United States. Additionally. prevalence of the Hepatitis C virus is also increasing worldwide.  Based on studies conducted by the World Health Organization there are somewhere between 130,000,000-170,000,000 cases worldwide as of 2017.  Of these cases, unfortunately more than 350,000 people die each year as a result of Hepatitis C related liver damage.

Hepatitis C occurs as a result of percutaneous transmission of the virus via infected blood.  Essentially the infected blood must be absorbed through the skin and will then enter the bloodstream.  Studies report that Hepatitis C is seven times more contagious than the HIV virus.

Patients exhibiting signs of Hepatitis C should approach their physician and be tested for the disease.  Some common symptoms of Hepatitis C include pain, nausea, appetite loss as well as lethargy.  Medical marijuana has been shown to address each of these issues.  It has been shown to reduce pain, inhibit nausea, stimulate appetite, and diminish lethargy.  Obviously this will always differ strain by strain, however medical marijuana has been proven effective at combating these symptoms.  It should also be stated clearly that there is no evidence that marijuana has no effect on killing the virus itself, however the symptoms of the disease have been mitigated significantly by incorporating medical marijuana into an overall treatment regimen.

Some strains that have proven beneficial for those suffering from the symptoms of Hepatitis C include Northern Lights (indica), Dynamite (indica), Misty (indica), Cripple Creek (hybrid), White Widow (hybrid), Jack Herer (sativa), Purple Haze (sativa), and Sour Diesel (sativa).  As with any situation where medical marijuana becomes a part of a treatment regimen, it is wise to consult with a physician as well as someone especially knowledgeable regarding marijuana strains in order to reduce the chance of adverse effects corresponding to the use of various strains of marijuana.

While it may seem that living with Hepatits C is an incredible burden there is hope.  A significant amount of studies have been performed that attest to the fact that Hepatitis C and the symptoms that accompany it have been mitigated considerably by the use of medical marijuana.  Patients need to be aware of the fact that there are treatment options outside of the standard, traditional means and methods.  Medical marijuana has been shown repeatedly to help offset many of the symptoms associated with Hepatitis C.  The first step towards relief comes from discussing with your physician whether or not an Ohio marijuana card may be appropriate for you.

The information provided here is presented for educational purposes only.  Summit Releaf provides this information in order to help educate individuals about how medical marijuana can help alleviate symptoms associated with the qualifying conditions Ohio has approved for treatment with medical marijuana.

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