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|Title||Cannabis use in HIV for pain and other medical symptoms.|
|Author(s)||Woolridge E, Barton S, Samuel J, Osorio J, Dougherty A, Holdcroft A.|
|Journal, Volume, Issue||J Pain Symptom Manage 2005;29(4):358-67.|
|Major outcome(s)||27% used cannabis for the treatment of various symptoms|
|Indication||Nausea/vomiting;Appetite loss/weight loss;HIV/AIDS;Pain;Anxiety||Abstract|
Despite the major benefits of antiretroviral therapy on survival during HIV infection, there is an increasing need to manage symptoms and side effects during long-term drug therapy. Cannabis has been reported anecdotally as being beneficial for a number of common symptoms and complications in HIV infections, for example, poor appetite and neuropathy. This study aimed to investigate symptom management with cannabis. Following Ethics Committee approval, HIV-positive individuals attending a large clinic were recruited into an anonymous cross-sectional questionnaire study. Up to one-third (27%, 143/523) reported using cannabis for treating symptoms. Patients reported improved appetite (97%), muscle pain (94%), nausea (93%), anxiety (93%), nerve pain (90%), depression (86%), and paresthesia (85%). Many cannabis users (47%) reported associated memory deterioration. Symptom control using cannabis is widespread in HIV outpatients. A large number of patients reported that cannabis improved symptom control.
|Participants||523 patients with HIV|
|Type of publication||Medical journal|
|Address of author(s)||Magill Department of Anesthesia, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.|