About 1.2 million people in the United States are diagnosed with HIV, and out of those, about 15 to 20% did not know that they had contracted HIV. The severity of HIV is clear, yet about 35 million people have died of HIV. Luckily, there is a ton of research being done and progress made everyday. Particularly, with the rise in popularity of CBD, its behavior on HIV patients.
A survey from sciencedirect.com indicated that CBD could help ease the symptoms of HIV patients. They were given highly concentrated CBD infused product, and their pre and post CBD experience was documented. Here are some of the symptoms shown to have been eased by CBD consumption.
Increase in Appetite
- Those diagnosed with HIV tend to feel a loss of appetite that leads to major weight loss. CBD products like crumble and oil have been shown to reverse the effects of appetite reduction, and enhance one’s caloric intake and ability to consume fat. This will indirectly halt their appetite reduction, and help maintain their diet.
A Nausea Repellent
- As we have seen before, many have experienced CBD’s nausea reducing properties. Nausea is a common symptom in many conditions, and HIV patients are no exception. Although it can be treated temporarily, the biological causes of nausea vary tremendously. According to the survey by sciencedirect.com, researchers found that CBD receptors play a huge role in regulating nausea.
- Studies showed that CBD addresses the receptors indirectly to stimulate a compound called “5-hydroxytrptamine-1A,” also known as serotonin! It’s a neurotransmitter usually found in the gastrointestinal tract, blood and the nervous system. It’s famous for providing feelings of happiness and wellbeing, counteracting the effects of nausea.
- Individuals with HIV experience strange sensations like tingling, tickling, numbness or burning on the skin called paresthesia. From this same ScienceDirect survey, it was reported that CBD infused products were able to reduce the feeling of paresthesia.
There are many other symptoms that have been reported to be relieved by CBD that are left to be studied. Although CBD has not been reported to cure HIV, it has been reported to greatly relieve those with the condition of many uncomfortable symptoms, allowing them to start to feel better again.