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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) that wreak havoc on the body’s immune system. This means the sufferer is more likely to develop illnesses and have difficulty fighting off infections. Effects include cachexia (wasting syndrome, or sudden weight loss), nausea, peripheral neuropathy and joint and muscle pain.

HIV is most commonly spread via unprotected sex, contaminated blood transfusions, needle sharing and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding. “AIDS” is a term usually applied to late-stage HIV infection symptoms.

Thanks to the development of antiretroviral drugs, many people with HIV/AIDS may now live long, fruitful, normal lives. However, the medications may have significant side-effects, some of which aren’t so different from the effects of HIV/AIDS itself, including nausea, cachexia, muscle aches, insomnia and fatigue.

Check out the positives and negatives below and if you’d like to speak to Doctor Frank about your condition or getting a medical marijuana card, get in touch!


  • CBD may inhibit growth of certain types of herpes virus

  • Cannabis can help stimulate the appetite

  • Battle nausea

  • Improve the mood

  • Cannabis can be used as an analgesic


  • Badly-grown cannabis may contain pathogens that cause harm, especially to an immunocompromised system

  • Can cause dry mouth and exacerbate this effect from other medications

  • Smoking cannabis may irritate the throat and lungs, which takes longer to recover from for AIDS/HIV patients and increases the chance of infection