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Author Topic: Cannabis and hiv  (Read 2778 times)

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Offline Homopoz

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Cannabis and hiv
« on: September 03, 2013, 11:59:40 AM »
Is there any benefit in taking cannabis when I am poz? Seems to me that cannabis helps in other illnesses....

Offline wolfter

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2013, 12:05:27 PM »
It can be used to lessen/ease certain conditions associated with an HIV infection.  My doctor actually recommended way back when because I felt too sick to eat most of the time.

But in general. just being positive and using it is simply recreational.

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Offline iamacandle

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 11:39:13 PM »
Follow-up Q:

Is it better to smoke it or add this on food (like space cakes)?

People are also talking about the effects of cannabis oil. I would like to consider that too.

Offline zach

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2014, 03:44:51 AM »
respiratory issues are certainly a concern with us. after two bouts of pneumonia, my doctor knows i smoke but wants me to find a different method.

ingesting it can be more intense than expected even for seasoned smokers

pretty much all of the alternatives are refined and much more potent than raw plant

vaporize, wax dabble, cooking butter, extracts... proceed and be bold, but stay cautious

Offline Since1993

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2014, 02:35:11 AM »
Aside from helping to improve appetite, Cannabis also has anti-inflammatory properties.  Underlying inflammatory problems can inhibit CD4 recovery.  If you have chronic pain that is not easily relieved by other medications, it's worth trying if it improves your quality of life.  If you are concerned about the effects smoking cannabis has on the lungs, then try edibles.

Offline Almost2late

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2014, 10:28:26 AM »
Medical weed in the south? yup, it seems that Florida will legalize it...
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http://www.fsunews.com/article/20140730/FSVIEW0102/140730006/Florida-voters-Legalize-it
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Offline mrtoad

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2014, 04:29:53 PM »
weed makes me horny
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Offline livingmmy9lives

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2014, 11:13:29 PM »
I like it. It seems to help me to de-stress myself and see things in a different way. I am not keen on inhaling the smoke because it has a lot of tar in it but the edibles I tried were WAY too strong for me... I had trouble forming sentences!! It makes me horny sometimes too.
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Offline zach

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2014, 08:20:29 AM »
the choicest flowers are in, fine as wine smells just like summertime

i agree with 9lives, at the end of the day, i consume because it dissolves stress. any other benefit is welcomed, but thats not the primary reason i smoke. for awhile, everything is a little more gentle, it all just goes away, aids isn't such a big deal, legs don't really hurt that bad, i can hear billy laughing again, i walk a little further with bijou

but i may never backpack again, so i smoke another bowl to digest that reality. but not so much i fall down again

Offline Delby

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2014, 10:05:29 AM »
I would say cannabis is actually beneficial for sufferers of HIV for a multitude of reasons:

1. THC and certain cannabanoids are highly anti-inflammatory.
2. Cannabis can help increase appetite for those suffering from weight loss.
3. Cannabis can be very good in treating depression and anxiety.
4. Cannabis (in particular the Indica strains) can help with sleep/insomnia.

Like with everything, moderation is the key. In one study, they proved that there was no diminished lung function from those that smoked 1 joint a day for 10 years, but there was very evident deterioration of lung function from those that smoked tobacco.

I would highly advise using a vapourizer. I recently purchased one last month and now I have a vape before I go to sleep to help with my chronic insomnia. It has changed my life. I no longer need to worry about any damage to my lungs. Occasionally, usually once or twice a week, i'll smoke a joint instead, but strictly pure without any tobacco.

So like with everything in life, moderation is key. If it is interfering with your every day life and you are smoking it regularly throughout the day, then it becomes a problem. But I have found it to help with my mood, my perspective on life and my energy levels. Cannabis has extremely good medicinal qualities so don't be put off.

Delby

Offline Delby

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2014, 10:10:28 AM »
Just to also add, that I disagree entirely that vaping is much stronger than smoking. When you smoke you are also inhaling impurities such as tar, carbon monoxide which also contribute to the 'stoned' feeling. Vaping doesn't combust any plant material, so you are getting about 95% of the pure THC. It is a much cleaner and much more subtle high. I prefer it. Invest in a vape...you won't look back!

Offline buginme2

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2014, 07:23:02 PM »
Can anyone recommend a good vaporizer?

I had a Pax.  Was portable and worked okay.  But then I got high and lost it. 

They are expensive like 2-3hundred bucks so before I replace it wanted to see if anyone had good experiences with a different brand.
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Offline zach

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2014, 07:34:22 PM »
vaping oils or herbals?

volcano is awesome, i just don't like using a bag. i use a vapor brothers original handsfree. the dabbler, if you've got access to oils the options go up.

Offline buginme2

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2014, 07:46:17 PM »
vaping oils or herbals?

volcano is awesome, i just don't like using a bag. i use a vapor brothers original handsfree. the dabbler, if you've got access to oils the options go up.

I've never done oils.  I have access to oils since you can just buy them at he store here I've just never tried it.  Pax was simple.  The volcano is so big.  It looks like quite the production.  I'll look into a vapor brothers. 
Don't be fancy, just get dancey

Offline Delby

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2014, 09:16:26 AM »
I would go for the Arizer Solo. Amazing reviews and fantastic vapour clouds. Really easy to use and can be used with solids, bud or oils. Check it out.

Offline pozBear

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2014, 01:16:33 PM »
I have a very good experience with cannabis. I use a simple glass vaporizer, that works wonders for me.  I needed to take pills to sleep, to pass stools, high blood pressure and depression. All gone babe! I just vape my thing every night and my life is like paradise. I am seriously thinking about planting my own because I hate buying weed: it's still illegal here...

I guess it also made my CD4 skyrocket in a few months. Before THC, it took me more than a year to go from 270 to 500 but after I started vaping, CD4 number rising has accelerated rapidly, jumping to 689 3 months ago and now 1.100 as of last 10/12.

Due to cannabis or not, I feel very happy with the results and won't quit. :)
August 2010 - seroconverted
November 2012 - CD4 484 (19%) and VL 31.000
March 2013 - CD4 343 (16%) and VL 49.000
August 2013 - CD4 270 (14.2%) and VL 78.000 - started combivir + kaletra
November 2013 - CD4 320 (17%) - UD
February 2014 - CD4 412 (18.7%) - UD
July 2014 - CD4 589 (21%) - UD - switched to tenofovir + lamivudine + kaletra
October 2014 - CD4 (49%) 1.100 - UD
Sou brasileiro. Faça contato! ;)

Offline bubba53

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Re: Cannabis and hiv
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2014, 12:05:23 PM »
I make VERY GOOD COOKIES  !
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