Research suggests that cannabis may improve the quality of life for some patients living with HIV/AIDS. In the United States, as many as 1 in 4 people living with HIV/AIDS use cannabis for medical purposes. The therapeutic effects of cannabis may help manage nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, wasting, pain, anxiety, stress, depression, and other symptoms of the disease and the anti-retroviral protocols and side effects of prescription drugs used to treat it. 

(Source: Corless IB et al. 2009. Marijuana Effectiveness as an HIV Self-Care Strategy. Clinical Nursing Research,18(2):172-193).

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