Cannabis administration was associated with significant increases in plasma levels of ghrelin and leptin, and decreases in PYY, but did not significantly influence insulin levels.
San Jose, CA (PRWEB) December 20, 2011
A recent medical cannabis study by the University of California, San Diego and the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research found inhaled marijuana stimulated appetite hormones in adult HIV patients. 420 Cannabis Evaluations Clinic, a San Jose medical cannabis doctor’s office, says this adds to the growing number of studies showing cannabis can help alleviate the suffering of HIV and AIDS patients.
The double-blind cross-over study compared the effect of inhaled cannabis with that of a placebo on the appetite hormones ghrelin, leptin and PYY, and on insulin levels. According to the abstract, “compared to placebo, cannabis administration was associated with significant increases in plasma levels of ghrelin and leptin, and decreases in PYY, but did not significantly influence insulin levels.” Previous studies have noted the connection between THC and increased appetite, but this was the first study to directly examine the link between THC administration and appetite hormones.
Multiple studies by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research have demonstrated that medicinal cannabis is an effective treatment for a number of symptoms of HIV and AIDS. A 2007 study found smoking marijuana lessened symptoms of HIV-related peripheral neuropathy (injury to the nerves supplying hands and feet) by 34%. In a 2008 study, participants who smoked cannabis reported a 3.3 point improvement on the DDS pain scale for their painful HIV neuropathy.
According to the San Jose marijuana physician, cannabis offers HIV and AIDS patients a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals, helping increase appetite and relieve pain without the debilitating side effects associated with many prescription drugs.
Under current California law, people suffering a wide range of illnesses, including HIV and AIDS, can get a recommendation for medical cannabis from a medical marijuana physician by undergoing a medical marijuana evaluation. Patients can then grow their own medicine, or obtain it from licensed cannabis clubs.
HIV and AIDS patients, and others who feel they may benefit from the healing properties of medical marijuana, are encouraged to consult with the San Jose medical marijuana doctor to find out whether medical marijuana may be beneficial to their wellness.
About 420 Cannabis Evaluations Clinic:
420 Cannabis Evaluations Clinic is a San Jose marijuana evaluations clinic. They are dedicated to assisting individuals in need of alternative medicines for their chronic ailments, and have physicians on hand to evaluate the needs of their patients and to determine whether their patients are eligible for a medical marijuana card.
420 Cannabis Evaluations Clinic is dedicated to providing deserving individuals with access to medical marijuana. After being evaluated by their marijuana physician and receiving a marijuana recommendation, a medical marijuana card will provide patients with safe, legal access to medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has been safely prescribed to patients suffering from a variety of ailments, alleviating the pain associated with their illness and providing a better quality of life.
To consult with a San Jose medical marijuana doctor and obtain a medical marijuana card, make an appointment with 420 Cannabis Evaluations Clinic at (408) 471-6685. The San Jose medical marijuana doctor’s office is located at 345 East Santa Clara Street, Suite 108, San Jose, CA 95112.