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Medical Marijuana for Hepatitis C

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If you or someone you know suffers from Hepatitis C you may be interested to learn that medical marijuana has been shown in numerous studies to ease the symptoms of this horrible disease. Here at Sensible Seeds we have researched into the cannabis strains and treatments that will offer the most benefit to you if you are suffering from hepatitis C and we are committed to bringing you up to date research and information related to hepatitis C medical marijuana patients. We update our website regularly so that we can highlight new discoveries relating to medical marijuana and hepatitis C as information and research becomes available to us. A summary of this information is laid out for you below..


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What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C (HCV) is a blood borne pathogen that has currently infected between four to eight million Americans – that is 1 in 70 to 100 people. This makes it the leading blood borne virus in the USA. In the UK approximately 216,000 people are chronically infected meaning many more carry the infection.

HCV is a killer. It is a major cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis and is the main factor for patients who require a liver transplant and a common companion of HIV. Some 80% of those who contract HCV will develop a chronic infection, with 20% of those developing cirrhosis, liver cancer, or liver failure.

The cause of Hepatitis C

HCV is transmitted by using shared needles, through unprotected sex, accidental needle stick injuries and prior to 1990 it could be transmitted via blood transfusions. It is possible to transmit HCV via infected tattoo needles, dental instruments, or tools used in commercial nail care – anything that transfers blood from one patient to another.

Symptoms of Hepatitis C

There are no early warning symptoms with Hepatitis C so it has become known as the “silent killer”. During this time (it can be as long as 20 years) the virus can slowly destroy liver cells without anyone knowing. A number of groups are “high risk”, such as

  • IV drug users who have shared needles, their sexual partners and family members
  • People who had a blood transfusion prior to 1990 or those who undergo dialysis
  • People with tattoos or those who have their nails frequently done
  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with any liver disease

Eventual symptoms include:

  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Weight loss
  • Joint pains and headaches
  • Fluid retention or dark urine
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itching

Some people never have symptoms and hepatitis C will be detected during routine blood tests. Where the disease has been present for a long time the liver may be permanently scarred – known as cirrhosis.

In many cases, there may be no symptoms of the disease until cirrhosis has developed.

Conventional medical treatment for hepatitis C

Blood tests are taken to measure the liver enzymes that are produced when the liver is damaged. The tests will also detect antibodies to the hepatitis C virus and quantify the amount of virus present and determine the specific strain of virus present. A physical examination establishes the extent of liver enlargement and jaundice. A CAT scan may be conducted to discover the presence of tumours or blockages and a liver biopsy may be taken to reveal hepatocarcinoma (liver cancer), fatty deposits, and cirrhosis (scarring).

The liver is vitally important to the human body because it neutralizes, metabolizes and eliminates toxins.  It stores sugar (glycogen) and maintains normal blood sugar levels in partnership with the pancreas. The liver controls fluid balance and blood clotting and aids the digestion of food. The liver produces energy so a healthy liver is vital in order for us to be fit and active.

Current treatment for hepatitis C focuses a combination of Interferon alpha (an immunomodulator) and the anti-viral drug Ribavirin. This is effective in approximately 50% of cases. However drug therapy is sometimes withheld for patients with depression or heart disease.

Rick Weiss, a science and medical reporter, noted in an article in the Washington Post,  Sept. 13, 2006 that, “Treatment for hepatitis C involves months of therapy with two powerful drugs, interferon and ribavirin, that have severe side effects, including extreme fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, loss of appetite and depression. Because of those side effects, many patients do not finish treatment and the virus ends up destroying their livers”.

Major side effects of the drugs include flu like symptoms, joint pain, nausea, anaemia and depression.

Medical marijuana and Hepatitis C

Medical marijuana can help sufferers of hepatitis C. through a primary role of stimulating appetite, reducing nausea and vomiting, and treating joint pain. Marijuana has the added benefit of being far less toxic than other medications especially where liver impairment is concerned. Cannabis also helps people suffering with depression and the cannabinoids present in marijuana, which have been shown to anti-inflammatory properties, can reduce liver inflammation and slow the progression of both cirrhosis and Hepatocellular carcinoma.

The best results can be achieved by taking cannabis regularly and maintaining its protective effects through a steady state minimal blood level of Cannabinoids. A base line level of Cannabinoids should be maintained through regular doses of oral cannabis products. The smoked or vaporized form of cannabis can be used in addition for acute symptomatic relief.

So far, seven states in the US, including Arizona, Maine and Massachusetts have cited hepatitis C as an approved condition for medical marijuana use, although a number of other states have omitted HCV from their list.

Research published in June 2013 in Clinical Infectious Disease found no connection between marijuana use and progressive liver damage suggesting that marijuana does not make liver damage worse.

Given that marijuana does not increase liver fibrosis the arguments against medical marijuana for Hepatitis C appears to be stumbling. Other recent research has found that hepatitis C patients who used marijuana were much more likely to adhere to their treatment regimen than patients who didn't use it. Elsewhere it has been concluded that cannabinoids may reduce inflammation in experimental models of hepatitis. Writing in the October 2006 issue of the European Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers from Canada and Germany stated that cannabis' "potential benefits of a higher likelihood of treatment success [for hepatitis C patients] appear to outweigh [its] risks."

Benedikt Fischer at the University of Victoria, and Jens Reimer, at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Addiction Research at the University of Hamburg, et al., stated in an Oct. 2006 article "Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus and Cannabis Use in Illicit Drug User Patients: Implications and Questions," published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology that, “there is substantial evidence that cannabis use may help address key challenges faced by drug users in HCV treatment (e.g., nausea, depression), especially when such treatment occurs in the context of methadone maintenance treatment which may amplify these consequences”. 

Medical marijuana for Hepatitis C – Sensible Seeds

The Sensible Seeds team are constantly updating the list of marijuana seeds available to sufferers of Hepatitis C and medical marijuana patients with other chronic illnesses and diseases. Keep checking back at the Sensible Seeds website for updates on medical marijuana for hepatitis C and have a look at the Sensible Seeds cannabis seed bank. We offer discreet shipping of cannabis seeds right to your door.


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