The cookie settings on this website are adjusted to allow all cookies so that you have the very best experience. If you continue without changing your cookie settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website. However, if you would like to, you can change your settings at any time using the Change cookie settings link in the Special menu.        

Medical Marijuana Strains for HIV-AIDS

Return to medical conditions page

Medical marijuana has been shown to ease the pain and symptoms of those who suffer with HIV and AIDS. Here at Sensible Seeds we have undertaken extensive research into the cannabis strains and treatments that will offer the most benefits for HIV and AIDS sufferers. Sensible Seeds is committed to bringing beneficial cannabis strains and related medical marijuana information to you, and all medical marijuana patients. We are updating our website as new discoveries come to light and have therefore started to source a range of useful information from a variety of well-established medical marijuana websites. A summary of this information is laid out for you below.

What is HIV and AIDS?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. The virus attacks the immune system, and weakens the body’s ability to fight infections and disease. AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection. The body can no longer fight life-threatening infections. Someone with HIV is said to have AIDS when investigations show their immune system has stopped working and they develop life-threatening illnesses such as cancer.

HIV is most commonly caused by catching the virus when having unprotected sex or by sharing infected needles or other drug injecting paraphernalia. HIV is not spread as easily as other viruses, such as colds or flu, but it does exist in the body fluids of an infected person. This can include semen, vaginal fluids, blood and breast milk.

Approximately 91,500 people in the UK were living with HIV at the end of 2010 although a quarter of these were not aware that they were infected. The World Health Organization estimates that around 34 million people in the world are living with HIV. In the USA, since 1981, AIDS has struck 340,000 people, and almost 205,000 have died as a result of the disease.  The Federal Centre for Disease Control (CDC) reports “AIDS is now a leading cause of death for both men and women between the ages of 25 and 44.” 

Common Symptoms of HIV and AIDS

Patients with HIV/AIDS are often left to struggle with such common symptoms as nausea, lack of appetite, nerve pain, depression, anxiety and insomnia. Medical marijuana is widely recognized for its effectiveness in treating those symptoms.  

Conventional medical treatment

There is an emergency anti-HIV medication called PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) that can stop the HIV infection, however treatment must be started within three days of coming into contact with the virus.

There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life. Medication, known as anti-retrovirals, work by slowing down the damage that the virus does to the immune system. Anti-retrovirals are tablets, which need to be taken every day. 

Medical Marijuana for HIV and AIDS

Research has shown that marijuana may provide more benefits to patients with HIV than was traditionally thought and medical marijuana may help relieve symptoms of AIDS. A study published in 2004 showed that a quarter of patients living with AIDS used medical marijuana as a way to curb anxiety, increase their appetite and manage their pain. This is no real surprise. Marijuana and other cannabinoid drugs contain anti-emetic and analgesic properties that are effective for treating AIDS-related symptoms. This has led to a renewed interest in the use of legal medical marijuana as a treatment of HIV and AIDS. In fact, research has shown that the drug offers broad-spectrum relief not found in any other single drug.

Nausea - Medical marijuana decreases nausea. Traditional AIDS and HIV medication is notorious for causing nausea which makes it difficult for patients to take their medicine as prescribed. MMJ can help to control the nausea associated with HIV medication, allowing the patients to take their medication as prescribed. In a recent study, 27% of HIV patients reported using marijuana to deal with nausea and 19% said it helped with fatigue. A clinical trial published in 2007 also found it effective at relieving pain associated with the disease.

Appetite - Medical marijuana increases appetite. People affected with HIV often lack appetite and this can lead to fatigue which makes it difficult to manage other symptoms of their illness. The use of medical marijuana by MMJ patients helps to stimulate the appetite.

Neuropathic Pain -Certain HIV medications cause pain via peripheral neuropathy. Cannabinoids of medical marijuana can relieve this pain with fewer side effects than prescription medication. Anti-retroviral drugs often cause excruciating pain but this is something that can be counteracted by MMJ. In the USA the Food and Drug Administration has approved a cannabis-based drug known as Dronabinol, (also known as “oral THC” and “Marinol”) and it has been used as a pain reliever and appetite stimulant much like medical marijuana. Cannabinoid receptors in the central and peripheral nervous systems have been shown to dim pain perception in MMJ patients.  As AIDS progresses, the medications can become more difficult to take, but medical marijuana can provide MMJ patients with help in easing joint and muscle pain. It also reduces the stomach cramping associated with opioid use. 

Depression - Cannabinoids in small doses increase serotonin in MMJ patients. Medical marijuana has fewer side effects than anti-depressant medication because of its chemical similarity to natural substances in the brain known as endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are released under conditions of high stress or pain and affect the cells that produce serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates mood. A survey published by the National Institute of Health (July 2013) found that HIV patients used medical marijuana for symptom relief and to deal with stress. The study found that nearly 1 in 4 young adults use marijuana on a daily basis. Many found that medical marijuana also helped them to relax and forget about their diagnosis.

Insomnia -Drowsiness is a known common effect of indica or indica dominant medical marijuana strains. Where HIV or AIDS MMJ patients have trouble sleeping, a small dose of medical marijuana can repress these symptoms and help them relax. 

Medical Marijuana and AIDS Wasting Syndrome

AIDS wasting syndrome was a common complication before protease-inhibitor drugs were developed. This condition causes symptoms such as a loss of appetite, extreme weight loss, fatigue and muscle atrophy. MMJ was often recommended to medical marijuana patients because of its known side effects - increased appetite. MMJ patients gained weight and saw improvements in mood. A study at the University of California in San Francisco found that medical marijuana doesn’t interfere with the protease-inhibitor drugs that are frequently prescribed to AIDS patients.

In 2007, investigators at Columbia University published clinical trial data showing that AIDS/HIV patients who inhaled cannabis four times daily “experienced substantial increases in food intake with little evidence of discomfort and no impairment of cognitive performance.”    

Medical marijuana for HIV and AIDS – Sensible Seeds

The Sensible Seeds team are constantly updating the list of marijuana seeds available to HIV and AIDS sufferers and other medical marijuana patients. Keep checking back at the Sensible Seeds websites for updates on medical marijuana for HIV and AIDS or contact us for advice and further information.

Rare Dankness Seeds -  Commerce City Kush -  Regular -


Rare Dankness Seeds -  Dark Shadow Haze -  Regular -


Rare Dankness Seeds - El Jefe -  Regular -


Rare Dankness Seeds -  Lee Roy -  Regular -


Rare Dankness Seeds Star -  Killer - Regular -


Rare Dankness Seeds - Vale ‘Vale’ Haze -  Regular -


BC Bud Depot - The Black Regular  -


Paradise - Dutch Dragon -  Feminized -


Sensi Seeds - Shiva Skunk -  Feminised -


Sensi seeds – Shiva Skunk – Regular -


Royal Queen Seeds -  Sour Diesel – Feminised -


Reserva Privada – Sour Diesel – Feminised -


MTG Seeds – Covelo Sour Diesel  - Regular -


Medical Seeds – Sour Diesel – Feminised -


Humboldt Seed Organisation - Sour Diesel - Feminized -


Return to medical conditions page

Sensible Seeds source all their medical marijuana information from related MMJ sites on the web. This information comes from reliable sources though we cannot be 100% certain of its accuracy. Medical Marijuana strains listed for helping certain medical conditions are again sourced from other medical marijuana web sites and are not officially approved by any government organisation. Recommended strains usually come from individuals that discovered that a particular strain helped them for a particular condition though this may vary from person to person. Our Medical information serves only as a guideline and customers are advised to make their own independent research. Sensible Seeds are not qualified medical practitioners and source any medical info from information already present on the internet. We cannot accept any liability for any issue arising for information provided on our website.

The Service provides general information about medical conditions and treatments and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

You must not rely on the information provided by this Service as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information provided by this Service.

Reliance on any information provided by Sensible Seeds employees, other parties privy to the Service, or other users of the Service is solely at your own risk.


Click below to select your Currency

USD ($)
United States
  • Select currency:
  • Select your country: