Understanding the Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that attacks the liver. Its symptoms are so mild that it is frequently undiagnosed—which is bad, because chronic hepatitis C and lead to life-threatening conditions, such cirrhosis and liver cancer. 

It’s transmitted through infected blood, often through sharing needles during drug use. It can also be transmitted through:

  • Tattoo Needles
  • The Birthing Process (from an infected mother to their baby)
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Sext (rarely)

People infected with HCV may have no symptoms for months, years, or even decades. The condition is typically diagnosed when liver symptoms lead to complications and medical testing.

 

What’s the relationship between hepatitis c and marijuana?

Research shows that many chronic hepatitis patients are turning to cannabis for relief. It’s important to note that marijuana alone isn’t believed to cure the body of hepatitis or help fight hep C infections. Instead, the drug may be particularly effective at reducing nausea associated with the medications used to treat the virus. 

A few studies have credited marijuana use with stricter adherence to treatment protocols. These studies have presented the idea that reducing the unpleasant side effects makes the antiviral medications more tolerable. This way, more people will finish the full course. In turn, people experience better outcomes.