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Study: Pot Helps Hepatitis Treatment

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
Josh Richman, The Oakland Tribune, 14th September 2006
Medical marijuana users are more likely to finish Hepatitis C treatment and so are more likely to be cured, according to a newly published study conducted in San Francisco and Oakland.

Other studies have shown marijuana relieves symptoms, but medical marijuana advocates said this could be the first to show improved cure rates for a life-threatening illness.

The study � authored by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the Oakland-based Organization to Achieve Solutions in Substance Abuse (OASIS), and published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology � found marijuana users being treated for HCV were three times more likely to have a "sustained virological response," meaning the virus can't be detected six months after treatment ends.

HCV treatment with ribavirin and interferon causes severe side effects such as nausea, vomiting, weight loss, sleeplessness and depression, causing many patients to quit the long regimen too early. Of 71 HCV patients studied, 21 finished with a sustained virological response: 12 of the 22 cannabis users and nine of the 49 non-users.

"Modest cannabis use may offer symptomatic and virological benefit to some patients...by helping them maintain adherence to the challenging medication regimen," the study concluded.

Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C., issued a news release touting this as "a landmark study, showing that medical marijuana can literally save lives. Every day that our government continues punishing the sick for using this medicine is literally a crime against humanity."

Source: Study: Pot Helps Hepatitis Treatment
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Done that the first time without MJ it is very tough failed.Thinking of trying again with new treatment and MMJ. :peace:


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doing the triple therapy done the first part was non detectable by week three. Since I was already in cirrhosis have to continue with the other two for nine more months.Yes CANNABIS has helped me deal with the side effects


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The problem with this is people need to be informed more before they decide to use cannabis for disease that may require an organ transplant. If you need an organ transplant and you test positive for cannabis you will be removed from the organ transplant list. Pretty scary. So if you think you might need a transplant contact your local hospital that does the transplants and ask them what there policy is. I was turned down as a lung donor for my brother last year because I'm a medical cannabis patient and so my brother died. When you're dealing with a substance that is still illegal federally, hospitals aren't going to buck that.
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